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  • How to Refinance a Conventional Mortgage into a VA Loan

    How to Refinance a Conventional Mortgage into a VA Loan

    It comes as a surprise to some, but one of the myriad benefits of VA loans is that qualified veterans with non-VA home mortgages can refinance into a VA loan and reap the program's benefits. The VA Cash-Out refinance is the only way to make it happen. Conventional to Cash-Out The Cash-Out refinance is one of the VA's two refinance options. The other, the VA Streamline, is an interest rate reduction loan that…

  • What a $250,000 Mortgage Can Cost You

    What a $250,000 Mortgage Can Cost You

    There’s no automatic “best” when it comes to home loans. When you’re shopping for a mortgage, you’ll find that there are pros and cons to each mortgage type, as well as financial trade-offs that depend on your specific situation. Credit, income and assets certainly come into play when assessing mortgages, but the best product for you can depend on a number of variables. A family looking to purchase a vac…

  • Get a VA-Savvy Real Estate Agent in Your Corner

    Get a VA-Savvy Real Estate Agent in Your Corner

    All real estate agents aren’t created equal. It might not matter too much if you’re purchasing with a conventional, run-of-the-mill loan. But the VA loan is a unique tool that demands specialized knowledge. The VA requires a home to be in good repair. Condos and homes that are part of an association must meet department approval. Private wells, septic systems, termite inspections and shared maintenance …

  • Specially Adapted Housing Grants Help Disabled Vets Retrofit Properties

    Specially Adapted Housing Grants Help Disabled Vets Retrofit Properties

    Disabled veterans can face unique challenges. Acquiring accessible housing shouldn’t be one of them. That’s why the Department of Veterans Affairs offers the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant and the Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) Grant to help disabled veterans offset the cost of specially adapted housing. To be eligible for this grant, the VA requires a veteran to be entitled to or currently …

  • Top Leaders of VA Loan Program Join Veterans United to Answer Your Questions

    Top Leaders of VA Loan Program Join Veterans United to Answer Your Questions

    VA Recap - Update We were excited to recently host a live conversation about VA home loans with the top two leaders of the VA Home Loan Program! Mike Frueh, national director of the program, and John Bell, a Navy veteran and assistant director of the program, joined us live in our studio at the Veterans United Home Loans headquarters in Columbia, Mo., for an informative, 40-minute conversation about this hist…

  • The Potential Pitfalls of Purchasing on a Private Road

    The Potential Pitfalls of Purchasing on a Private Road

    Falling head over heels for a house makes the whole VA mortgage process worthwhile. But there are some important things to bear in mind if the object of your affection happens to be on a private road or a shared driveway. These aren't everyday properties, but they're certainly out there and can create a major headache for homebuyers. Should you set your sights on a home like this, make sure you've got a solid unde…

  • Good News: The VA Home Loan Program Continues to Operate as Normal

    Good News: The VA Home Loan Program Continues to Operate as Normal

    There's been a lot of confusion and uncertainty about how a government shutdown will affect VA home loans. To help clarify, the VA released a bulletin to provide guidance to lenders and others, and it would seem to be good news for veterans, service members and military families nationwide. Here's how the Department of Veterans Affairs addressed the question: The VA Home Loan Guaranty Program will continue to…

  • Do I Qualify for a VA Home Loan?

    "Do I qualify for the VA home loan program?" If it isn't the Question of All Questions when it comes to VA mortgages, it's close. Seems like such a simple one, right? The reality is this isn't a "Yes or No" question, at least if you're looking for a thoughtful answer. In fact, you may not know it, but you're actually asking two questions here, and that's at the root of why this isn't black-and-white. What w…

  • VA Homebuyers and Income-Producing Properties

    Update: Our policy guidelines recently changed regarding properties with income-producing attributes. Generally, Veterans United will now loan on properties with income-producing attributes as long as the appraisal doesn't indicate the "highest and best" use of the property is commercial/business in nature. There can't be any marketability concerns with the property, either. Talk with a Veterans United loan offic…

  • Getting a VA Mortgage When You’re Within 12 Months of ETS

    Contrary to some lingering misconceptions, the VA home loan program isn't just open to veterans who've rejoined the civilian world. The reality is thousands of active military members use their VA mortgage benefits every year. In fact, about 30 percent of all VA borrowers are currently serving in the military. Purchasing while still wearing the uniform isn't typically a complicated process. But one circumstanc…