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  • 8 Unbeatable Benefits of VA Home Loans

    8 Unbeatable Benefits of VA Home Loans

    The VA home loan program is more important today than ever before and is one of the most powerful loan options on the market for active military and veterans. It's increasingly difficult for many military borrowers to build the credit and assets necessary to move forward with conventional home financing. The VA loan program's advantages over other loan types are a big reason why VA loan volume has continually gro…

  • Water Quality, Well Tests and Your VA Home Loan

    Water Quality, Well Tests and Your VA Home Loan

    Water quality probably isn't high on your home shopping checklist. But making sure the property you want to purchase is safe, sound and sanitary is one of the key missions of the VA home loan program. That's why the type of water connection and treatment system at your potential dream home can become a big deal. These are part of the VA's Minimum Property Requirements, a set of standards the agency wants prop…

  • Are You Eligible for a VA Funding Fee Refund?

    Are You Eligible for a VA Funding Fee Refund?

    The VA Funding Fee is a set fee applied to every VA loan. Some buyers are exempt from paying the fee; others are eligible to receive a refund after closing. Veterans and military buyers who receive compensation for a service-connected disability, or are rated eligible to receive disability compensation as a result of a pre-discharge exam, are exempt from paying the funding fee. Military members who are entitled to…

  • VA Loans for Two: Cosigners, Spouses and Joint Loans

    VA Loans for Two: Cosigners, Spouses and Joint Loans

    Contrary to what you've always believed, two is not necessarily better than one. It can make sense for prospective home buyers to want or need a coborrower on their VA loan. Utilizing another person’s income, credit score and debt level might do wonders for your ability to qualify for a loan. If your credit is what's holding you back, the Veterans United Lighthouse Program is a great free resource. But counti…

  • Getting a VA Loan After a Foreclosure

    Getting a VA Loan After a Foreclosure

    Despite their $0 down payment benefit, VA loans have been the most foreclosure-resistant mortgage product for most of the last eight years. Still, some veterans and military members do default on their hard-earned VA home loans. But military borrowers still have a shot at becoming homeowners after a VA home loan foreclosure. Understanding credit and VA loan entitlement are key parts of bouncing back. After Defaul…

  • Getting a VA Home Loan While Still Serving in the Military

    Getting a VA Home Loan While Still Serving in the Military

    It's not uncommon for service members to think they have to wait until they've separated from the military to pursue a VA home loan. But that's absolutely, unequivocally untrue. Current service members can utilize this government-backed mortgage program just like someone who ETS'd a decade ago. In fact, more than 80,000 service personnel secured VA home loans in 2015 alone. When it comes to eligibility for a VA…

  • 10 Key Facts About VA Home Loans and VA Borrowers

    10 Key Facts About VA Home Loans and VA Borrowers

    I've been putting together information on VA home loans for some folks in Washington. Sometimes just spelling things out in black-and-white really makes a difference, so one of the things I tried to do was come up with some key facts and figures about this more than 70-year-old lending program. Knowing  how VA loans work is the first step toward getting the home of your dreams, and awareness is incredibly importa…

  • Comparing VA Loans to Conventional, FHA and USDA Finance Options

    Comparing VA Loans to Conventional, FHA and USDA Finance Options

    For the vast majority of military borrowers, VA loans are the most powerful and cost-effective mortgage program on the market. These government-backed loans come with significant financial benefits that help veterans purchase with no money down and no out-of-pocket spending up front — and plenty more benefits for America's heroes. But there are certainly times when a VA loan isn't the best answer. For example…

  • What You Can (and Cannot) Do With Your VA Loan

    What You Can (and Cannot) Do With Your VA Loan

    America owes much to her veterans, who put their lives on the line for their country. It’s a debt that cannot possibly be repaid. But it can be appreciated in a tangible way, which is why we, as a nation, created the VA mortgage program. This is an amazing program that has allowed more than 22 million veterans and active military families to purchase a home since 1944. VA mortgages come with no …

  • Here's How Your Disability Rating Affects Your VA Home Loan Benefit

    Here’s How Your Disability Rating Affects Your VA Home Loan Benefit

    Every month or two, I'll come across this question or a slight variation of it: "Does a disabled veteran qualify for a VA home loan?" It's a trickier question than it might first appear. Military borrowers have multiple requirements to hit in order to fully qualify for a VA home loan, from meeting the service standards and a lender's credit score minimum to residual income and acceptable debt-to-income ratio. But …