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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I improve my chances of qualifying for a VA home loan?

Because your VA loan eligibility depends on your debt ratio, it's a good idea to start thinking about fixing your credit long before actually filling out loan paperwork. The best way to help yourself out is to follow the advice of a credit counselor, but you can also take steps on your own to increase your eligibility for a VA home loan. Eliminate as much credit card debt as possible. If you can get yourself down to a single card and stay that way for six months, you will be well on your way to improving your debt ratio and your credit rating.

Remember that the maximum debt ratio allowed for approval is 41%, and that your credit rating is also a factor. If you are within a few months of paying off a major debt such as an automobile loan, do so as quickly as possible. You'll most likely need to allow for credit reporting agencies to "catch up" with your newly paid off cards and loans.

MORE: Continue learning about basic VA eligibility requirements.

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Compare Top VA Purchase Lenders

Take the guesswork out of finding a VA Loan provider. Veterans United Home Loans created this site to educate and empower military homebuyers. Regardless of what lender you pick, it's always a good idea to compare and know your options.

  • NMLS #1907
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    • Veterans United ranks No. 1 in Customer Ratings for VA purchase lenders, according to ratings and reviews collected by TrustPilot.
    • In 2019, Veterans United closed 46,019 VA Purchase Loans, which was 9% of all VA Purchase Loans closed nationwide last year.
  • NMLS #401058
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    • USAA ranks No. 5 in Customer Ratings for VA purchase lenders, according to ratings and reviews collected by TrustPilot.
    • In 2019, USAA closed 28,484 VA Purchase Loans, which was 8% of all VA Purchase Loans closed nationwide last year.
  • NMLS #399807
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    • Navy Federal ranks No. 3 in Customer Ratings for VA purchase lenders, according to ratings and reviews collected by TrustPilot.
    • In 2019, Navy Federal closed 26,391 VA Purchase Loans, which was 6% of all VA Purchase Loans closed nationwide last year.
  • Customer Ratings: Customer Ratings based on ratings and reviews provided by TrustPilot. VALoans.com is not affiliated with TrustPilot and has no control or influence on how users rate each lender.
  • 2019 VA Loans: Total VA loan volume for fiscal year 2019 as reported by the Department of Veterans Affairs (FY 2019 Lender Loan Volume).