VA loan expert Chris Birk brings you the latest news and tips about your VA loan benefit
Getting a home loan from a mortgage lender means you’re interacting in what’s known as the primary mortgage market. Many lenders turn around and sell some or all of their loans and the right to service them to investors in what’s known as the secondary mortgage market.
One of the closing costs VA buyers usually contend with is prepaid interest on their new mortgage. Unlike rent, your mortgage is paid in arrears, meaning each payment covers the previous month you lived in the home, not the current one.
Prospective buyers can look to land a VA home loan using part-time income. But you’ll typically need a solid track record of receiving that income to make it work.
Veterans and service members can look to qualify for a VA home loan using retirement income, which is great news for many homebuyers. You will need to be able to verify this income in order to qualify for the home loan.
Veteran and military homebuyers will need to have a "clear title" before purchasing a home. This means there aren't any liens, legal defects, or property disputes on the house you are trying to buy. This isn't an issue most of the time, but it's important to understand how it can halt your home buying journey.
It's easy to assume your mortgage payment is just a flat cost. However, VA mortgages have their payments broken into four parts: principal, interest, taxes, and insurance (PITI).
Falling behind on mortgage payments is a stressful situation. Thankfully, there are several VA foreclosure avoidance options available to you that can potentially save you from losing your home.
Lenders consider your gross monthly income when evaluating what kind of mortgage you can afford. In other words, they’re looking at your major monthly debts in relation to your pre-tax income.
Just like veterans and military members families are eligible for a VA home loan, the U.S. Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are also qualified, meaning they can secure $0 down payment mortgage.
Having flood insurance can save you from severe financial devastation. VA lenders typically require you to purchase a separate flood insurance policy before closing on your home loan.
Military spouses often play key roles in the homebuying process. Here we take a deep dive into what spouses can expect and how to be better prepared for your homebuying journey.
Many first-time homebuyers are surprised to learn there isn't one uniform set of guidelines and requirements for a VA home loan.
Energy Efficient Mortgages are an excellent option for those looking to invest in upgrades that can save you money in the long run. EEM homes can provide increased protection against heat, cold, pollution, and moisture, and are also great at reducing your carbon footprint.