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  • 28 Must-Read VA Loan Tips to Help You Land Your Dream Home

    28 Must-Read VA Loan Tips to Help You Land Your Dream Home

    Buying a home using your VA loan benefits can be one of the most exciting transactions you'll ever make. But it can certainly come with moments of frustration and uncertainty. Maybe that's not entirely unsurprising when you're talking about a six-figure purchase. The highs and lows of the homebuying process are often amplified for first-time homebuyers. There's a whole new language littered with strange acronyms like…

  • Seven Decades of Success: A Brief History of the VA Home Loan

    Seven Decades of Success: A Brief History of the VA Home Loan

    The VA home loan program was created in 1944, part of the original Servicemen's Readjustment Act, better known as the GI Bill of Rights. This sweeping legislation aimed to level the playing field for those who served our country during World War II, and in many ways it reshaped the course of America. VA loans played a critical role in that development. Nearly 70 years later, this government-backed mortgage program…

  • Veterans United Live with VA and CENTURY 21

    Veterans United Live with VA and CENTURY 21

    Click the play button below to watch our VA Home Loan conversation with John Bell and Rick Davidson. View the full 50-minute conversation here.   The VA home loan program has its roots in the 1940s. Since then, more than 20 million veterans have used their hard-earned home loan benefits to secure the homes of their dreams. Still, many veterans are in the dark about how to use their benefits. Veteran…

  • The Secret to Getting the Best Home at the Best Price: Purchase in the Winter

    The Secret to Getting the Best Home at the Best Price: Purchase in the Winter

    Every prospective homebuyer is looking for an edge in the hunt for their dream home. Finding that perfect property is the first step, but a close second is getting the best deal possible. There are books and websites galore offering strategies, tips and insider tactics. But you already have access to what's perhaps the most powerful tool out there when it comes to getting the best home at the best price. What is t…

  • VA Loan Live Hangout, Oct. 31, 2013

    VA Loan Live Hangout, Oct. 31, 2013

    Here’s a transcript of the VA Loan Live Hangout from Oct. 31, 2013. Chris: Hi! I'm Chris Birk from Veterans United Home Loans. Welcome to the latest edition of VA Loan Live, our weekly hangout about VA loans and all things military home buying. As always, I'm joined by Samantha Reeves, our senior real estate and mortgage home buying expert. Sam, how are you? Sam: Doing good. Chris: Awesome. This wee…

  • VA Loan Live Hangout, Oct. 24, 2013

    VA Loan Live Hangout, Oct. 24, 2013

    Sarah: Hey, gang. Sarah Hill from Veterans United Home Loans. We’re so glad that you joined us on this a Thursday afternoon. We're answering your questions live today about how to use your VA benefit in order to purchase a house. It is an easy process. We've assembled a team of experts here; the man who wrote "The Book on VA Loans," Chris Birk. Chris: Sarah, how are you? Sarah: I'm good. How are you doing…

  • VA Loan Live Hangout, Oct. 17, 2013

    VA Loan Live Hangout, Oct. 17, 2013

    Sam: Hi guys, welcome to this edition of VA Loan Live. I'm Samantha Reeves, our senior real estate and home buying writer. I'm joined by Chris Birk. Chris, welcome. Chris: Hi Sam. How are you? Sam: Doing great. Chris is the author of the book on VA loans. So he's a real expert on this topic. We're also joined by Bill Bales. Bill, welcome. Bill: Thank you. Sam: Bill is a loan officer here with Veterans…

  • VA Mortgage Eligibility for Surviving Spouses

    VA Mortgage Eligibility for Surviving Spouses

    The VA home loan is a benefit earned through service and sacrifice. It isn't something that veterans can transfer to their children or share with a civilian friend. But for veterans and service members who've paid the ultimate price, their surviving spouse may be able to use this long-cherished mortgage guaranty program. These situations usually require a closer look at the circumstances. It's ultimately up to th…

  • VA Loan Live Hangout, Oct. 11, 2013

    VA Loan Live Hangout, Oct. 11, 2013

      Chris Birk: Hi. I'm Chris Birk from Veterans United Home Loans. Welcome to the latest edition of VA Loan Live, our weekly question and answer session about VA loans and military home buying. As always, I'm joined by Samantha Reeves, our senior mortgage and home buying writer. Sam, great to see you. Samantha Reeves: Yeah. You, too. Chris Birk: And back again in the loan officer hot seat is Alberto …

  • How Comps Can Make or Break Your Home Loan: The Power of Comparable Sales

    How Comps Can Make or Break Your Home Loan: The Power of Comparable Sales

    The VA appraisal is one of the critical pivot points in the loan process. It's a two-stage step that plays a make-or-break role when it comes to the home you're under contract to purchase. Coming up with a value for the property lies at the heart of this, and that part of the appraisal process relies heavily on something you cannot control -- what others have paid for nearby houses like yours. What we're talking …