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  • VA Loan Co-borrowing Scenarios for Spouses and Unmarried Couples

    VA Loan Co-borrowing Scenarios for Spouses and Unmarried Couples

    It can make sense for prospective home buyers to want or need a co-borrower 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 before you make the decision, make sure you understand how co-borrowing with a VA loan …

  • VA Loan Entitlement Options for Military Couples

    VA Loan Entitlement Options for Military Couples

    Married military couples have some choices when it comes to using their VA home loan benefits. Eligible spouses can decide to use all of one spouse’s entitlement for a VA loan, split their entitlement evenly for a VA home loan, or have one spouse use remaining entitlement from a previous VA home loan with the other spouse providing the rest for the new mortgage. Entitlement is basically the dollar amount the…

  • VA Loan Basics: Eligibility Requirements

    VA Loan Basics: Eligibility Requirements

    For most, homeownership starts with a dream. For scores of veterans and active duty military personnel – the men and women who put America first – it starts and ends with a VA loan. These flexible, government-backed loans have helped more than 18 million service members become homeowners since World War II. VA loans feature no down payment and no private mortgage insurance and allow qualified borrowers to p…

  • Restoration of Entitlement: How to Reuse Your VA Loan Benefit in Full

    Restoration of Entitlement: How to Reuse Your VA Loan Benefit in Full

    VA entitlement is a financial guaranty from the government, which pledges to repay a portion of your home mortgage in the event of default. Your VA entitlement is a specific dollar amount. Veterans and service members using the VA loan benefit for the first time have their full VA loan entitlement available, which allows qualified buyers in most of the country to borrow up to $453,100 before having to make a d…

  • Can I Have Bad Credit and Still Get a VA Home Loan?

    Can I Have Bad Credit and Still Get a VA Home Loan?

    This post was inspired by VA Loans Insider reader Mary Ann Parker, who asked about securing VA financing with less than perfect credit. In fact, one of the most common questions we receive is: Can I get a VA loan with bad credit? It is possible to get a VA loan with bad credit. For VA loans, borrowers often need a FICO score of at least 620, but the VA doesn’t mandate a minimum credit score requirement and some …

  • Occupancy Requirements for VA Loans

    Occupancy Requirements for VA Loans

    VA borrowers are expected to live in the properties they purchase. Sounds like a novel concept, right? But the issue of occupancy is important, not to mention often confusing, especially for first-time home buyers. These flexible, government-backed homes can’t be used to purchase investment properties or vacation homes, but the VA loan advantages are staggering. VA loans are for primary residences,…

  • Getting Your Certificate of Eligibility: Let a Lender Do the Heavy Lifting

    Getting Your Certificate of Eligibility: Let a Lender Do the Heavy Lifting

    Even if you're positive you meet the VA loan eligibility requirements, there's only one way to be certain you have access to VA home loan benefits: Obtain your Certificate of Eligibility. This is where the VA separates belief from reality. The Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is an official document that basically attests to your right to participate in the VA Loan Guaranty program. There are multiple ways …

  • Understanding the VA’s Minimum Property Requirements

    Understanding the VA’s Minimum Property Requirements

    When it comes to buying a home, you have your list of requirements: number of bedrooms, full basement, stainless steel appliances and probably scores of others. The VA also has a list of requirements for a home. But its list is centered on protecting the buyer against unexpected, and usually expensive, surprises. The Department of Veterans Affairs utilizes a series of Minimum Property Requirements, or MPRs, tha…

  • 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…

  • How a Bankruptcy or Foreclosure Affects VA Loan Applications

    How a Bankruptcy or Foreclosure Affects VA Loan Applications

    Bankruptcy and foreclosure are tough financial decisions that can significantly affect a consumer’s credit score and overall fiscal health. But veterans and active duty military members, it’s important to know that a bankruptcy or foreclosure doesn’t mean you have to forget purchasing a home with your VA entitlement. If you’re worried about your credit, Veterans United’s Lighthouse program can help you g…