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Latest VA Loan Articles

  • Cost of Homeownership: What to Expect as a Homeowner

    There are several upfront and ongoing expenses that homebuyers should be aware of when determining the cost of homeownership.

  • Types of VA Adjustable Rate Mortgage Loans

    There are several options available when it comes to VA loan repayment Learn more about VA Adjustable-Rate Mortgage loans in this article.

  • VA Loans for Dependent Children of Veterans?

    VA loans are generally for only the veteran, veteran and spouse together or the surviving spouse of a veteran under certain circumstances.

  • What Happens to a VA Loan if the Veteran Dies?

    There are a few different options you can take if you recently inherited a home that was purchased with a VA loan.

  • About the VA Appraisal Process and Requirements

    The VA appraisal process protects VA loan borrowers by establishing the value of the home and ensuring the home meets VA minimum property requirements.

  • Why Many Banks & Lenders Sell VA Mortgages After Closing

    Banks and lenders frequently sell mortgages after closing, but the terms of your mortgage and regular payments will not change with a new servicer.

  • Buying a VA Loan Foreclosure? 4 Things You Need to Know

    There are a few things you should know if you're looking into buying a foreclosed home with your VA loan.

  • How Much is the VA Funding Fee, and Who is Exempt?

    The Dept. of Veterans Affairs guarantees every VA Loan that is originated. The VA uses its Funding Fee to finance this guarantee.

  • Reusing Your VA Loan Benefits

    Eligible veterans and military homebuyers can use the VA home loan benefit to buy a second home. See some examples and learn how to restore entitlement.

  • VA Loans and Divorce Settlements

    One of the common topics about VA loan eligibility is related to what happens to a VA loan or the ability to apply for one after divorce.

  • How to Get a Copy of Your DD-214

    Your DD Form 214 is your proof of military service. It shows the nature of your discharge, dates of service, and current classification (retired, separated, Guard or Reserve status).

  • 5 Steps to Finding the Right VA Lender

    Before you can use your VA loan benefits, you'll need the help of a VA approved lender. Here are 5 steps to compare the nation's top VA lenders.

  • VA Loans vs USDA Loans

    Veteran homebuyers oftentimes choose to use the VA home loan benefit to purchase a home because of the zero down payment requirements. Some may not be aware of another option out there that’s available to non-veteran buyers that offer 100% financing as well.

  • How to Finance Renovations with a VA Home Loan

    If you're eligible for a VA loan, you now have options to either buy a fixer-upper with a VA loan, or make improvements to a home you already own.

  • VA Condo Project Approval Process

    Mortgages through the VA home loan program aren't just for suburban homes. See how military homebuyers can purchase a condo through the VA loan program.

  • Is There an Age Limit on VA Home Loans?

    Borrowers should know there is no time limit or "maximum age" limit to be eligible for VA loans. Lenders are barred from discriminating on the basis of age.

  • VA Loan Assumption - What Veterans Need to Know

    Do you know the circumstances where you are allowed to sell the home and have the seller assume the VA mortgage?

  • Why You Need a VA Appraisal and a Home Inspection

    VA appraisal and VA inspection are terms often used interchangeably, but there are important distinctions between these crucial elements of the home buying process.

  • rVA Loan Rules for Land Purchases

    It's easy to forget that a house in the suburbs is not the only option a first-time homebuyer has with a VA home loan. Learn what other land purchases a VA loan can buy.

  • VA Property Requirements for Well Water, Cisterns and Springs

    Private and shared wells, cisterns and springs are common, and these properties can still be purchased with VA loans with a few additional requirements.

  • How to Apply for a VA Loan

    To apply for a VA loan, first look for a lender that specializes in this benefit program.

  • Getting a VA Loan When You Have Bad Credit

    Bad credit can make the process of getting a VA loan difficult, but it doesn't mean you're not eligible. Here we discuss getting a VA loan with bad credit.

  • VA Appraisals and the Condition of the Roof

    VA loan minimum property requirements (MPRs) include guidance about the condition of the roof in general terms. The MPRs for the roof can be found in VA Pamphlet 26-7, Chapter 12.

  • VA Loan Myths: The Honorable Discharge Requirement

    Do VA Loan rules require a borrower to have an honorable discharge in order to qualify for the program? In this post we look at the honorable discharge myth.

  • What You Should Know About VA Loan Bonus Entitlement

    VA Loan entitlement comes in two forms (basic VA loan entitlement, and bonus entitlement). Bonus entitlement can be used with any remaining VA loan basic entitlement or on its own.

  • How Long is the VA Appraisal Good For?

    One of the most common questions we receive about the VA appraisal pertains to the expiration date and appraisal reuse.

  • Which VA Refinancing Loans Require Occupancy?

    Some homeowners are confused about VA occupancy rules especially when it’s time to refinance the mortgage (conventional or VA) with a VA refinance loan.

  • Student Loans and Your VA Home Loan Application

    Some VA loan applicants manage to keep student loans from being added to this debt picture. Do you know about how a student loan deferment could help your chances at a VA home loan?

  • Do VA Loans Require Flood Insurance?

    VA loans to individual borrowers are simpler than the requirements for VA loans to two or more borrowers. Read here about the different rules for borrowers.

  • Owning Other Property While Applying for VA Mortgage

    VA loan rules have no prohibition against a borrower owning another property purchased with a non-VA loan while trying to apply for a new-purchase VA mortgage or refinance loan.

  • Are There Title Restrictions on VA Loans?

    The Department of Veterans Affairs will not guaranty loans that restrict the borrower’s ability to sell or dispose of the property.

  • Spouse Income and Child Support

    Many borrowers seeking a VA Home Loan have questions about their spouse's income and child support. VA regulations cover these questions, here are the answers.

  • VA Home Loans: Does Age of the Home Matter?

    Does the VA have standards about how old a home can be and still get VA loan approval? The VA loan rule book does not specifically reference the age of a home.

  • VA Loans and Real Estate Agent/Broker Fees

    “I just bought a home using a VA Loan and just found out that the electrical circuits are not grounded. Is this something that should have been discovered at the time of the appraisal?”

  • About VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinancing Loan

    If you want lower monthly payments and a lower interest rate on an existing VA home loan, the VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinancing Loan is just for you.

  • No Credit Check Refinancing

    There are a variety of refinance options available under the VA loan program, but only with one the "no credit check" and "no appraisal" option is the VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan.

  • VA Loans and Title Insurance

    Title insurance is not mandatory under the VA loan program. But VA loan rules do permit lenders to require such insurance.

  • VA Expands Funding Fee Waiver Rules

    The law now permits a waiver based on a pre-discharge review of existing medical evidence that results in issuance of a memorandum rating by VA.

  • VA Loan Funding Fee Refunds

    Part of the cost of a VA guaranteed home loan is the payment of a VA loan funding fee. Some borrowers are exempt from the funding fee and some get it refunded.

  • VA Loan Rules: The Mandatory Escape Clause

    The escape clause protects the buyer from being obligated to a VA mortgage loan when the appraised value of the home does not match the sales price.

  • Is There A VA Loan Commuter Rule?

    In a sense, yes, there’s a commuter rule. But the VA does not explicitly describe distance requirements, leaving lenders to calculate commuter expenses on their own.

  • Are VA Loans Available for Boats or RVs?

    Any property without a fixed, permanent foundation, including boats and recreational vehicles, cannot be approved for a VA guaranteed home loan because lack of a permanent foundation.

  • VA Home Loan Requirements for the Small Business Owner

    Self-employed veterans can still be eligible to obtain VA home loans. Self-employment income gives lenders pause only because it can seem less dependable than a salary. 

  • Closing Costs on VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans

    VA borrowers have a refinancing option known as the Interest Rate Reduction Refinancing Loan or IRRRL for short.

  • Refinancing Rules, Rental Income, and Occupancy

    While it is possible to hold two active VA home loans at the same time, as a general rule you must intend to occupy the most recently purchased home as your primary residence.

  • VA Loan Rules for Currently Serving Military Members

    Currently serving military members who want to apply for VA insured home loans should know about the rules for VA loan applicants.

  • VA Condo Loans and the Right of First Refusal

    Condos cannot be included on the list of VA-approved projects if the owner's association bylaws for that condo include the right of first refusal clause.

  • VA Minimum Property Requirements for Electrical Systems

    If you're interested in buying a particular home with a VA-insured loan, that property must meet a set of minimum standards, called VA Minimum Property Requirements, or MPRs for short.

  • VA Loan Requirements for Multi-Family Units

    VA loans have a variety of applications. Did you know you can apply for a VA home loan for properties with up to four units? Learn how in this article.

  • Do VA Loans Require An Escrow Account?

    Lenders are free to set requirements for escrow accounts for payment of property taxes and/or other costs required as part of a VA loan.

  • Applying for a VA Loan After a Short Sale

    The VA does not have a strict guideline for a waiting period, or seasoning period, after a short sale. However, after foreclosure, the VA encourages a two-year seasoning period.

  • VA Loan Rules for Termite Inspections

    Termite infestations are very difficult to spot unless there is obvious damage. Fortunately, VA loan rules are designed to protect the buyer and the property the VA borrower wants to purchase.

  • VA Loan Options for Military Couples

    For married couples looking for a VA home loan, when both are in the military, there are a variety of options when it comes to using VA insured loan benefits.

  • Types of VA Housing Grants for Disabled Veterans

    There are many different VA home loan benefits available to qualifying disabled veterans. One benefit includes types of housing grants for home renovation.

  • All About VA MPR Waivers

    Each home appraised must meet the VA’s Minimum Property Requirements, which ensures the home is built according to local building codes, federal law and VA standards for safety and inhabitability.

  • VA Loan Rules for Homes With Lead Paint

    The VA-assigned appraiser must assume that "a defective paint condition on any interior or exterior surface of properties built prior to 1978 involves lead-based paint.

  • Who Pays for the VA Appraisal?

    If you're new to the VA loan process, you'll learn you must pay both the initial appraisal and any required home inspection. 

  • The VA Loan Funding Fee for Subsequent Use

    When you buy a home with a VA mortgage, there are associated fees and expenses including VA appraisal fees, and the VA loan funding fee. Generally, all Veterans using the VA Home Loan Guaranty benefit must pay a funding fee.

  • Compensating Factors That Affect a VA Loan Application

    Compensating factors may affect the loan decision. These factors are especially important when reviewing loans which are marginal with respect to residual income or debt-to-income ratio.

  • Occupancy Requirements and Military Retirement

    VA rules for occupancy require a veteran approved for a VA mortgage to move into the property within 60 days of closing the deal on the home. 

  • VA Home Loan Down Payment Facts

    Many veterans choose a VA guaranteed mortgage as opposed to a Federal Housing Administration mortgage loan or conventional mortgage. VA loans feature some of the best down payment options for qualified borrowers.

  • VA Loan Down Payment and Funding Fee Issues

    VA borrowers eligible for a no-down payment VA loan can save money up front, but some buyers may choose to make a down payment to reduce the cost of the loan and pay a smaller VA loan funding fee.

  • VA Loan Eligibility and Short Sales

    When a VA borrower starts having trouble making VA mortgage loan payments, sometimes the only alternative to foreclosure is a short sale--a transaction where the borrower agrees to sell for less than the property is worth.

  • Exceptions to the VA Minimum Property Requirements

    Property to be purchased with a VA home loan must meet a list of Department of Veterans Affairs minimum property requirements. They cover a wide range of issues from accessibility to health and safety.

  • Employment and Income Verification for VA Home Loans

    The VA has strict requirements for VA loan applicants about disclosing income, residency and other data necessary to approve a VA loan.

  • Selling a Home Purchased with a VA Loan

    VA homeowners who are looking to sell their property can market it to any potential buyer and accept any kind of financing.

  • VA Loans and Seller Concessions

    When buying a home with a VA loan, the seller can offer concessions that make the sale more attractive to the buyer.

  • VA Loan Fees the Borrower Cannot Pay

    There are fees the VA does not allow the buyer to pay. The VA also prohibits a real estate agent from charging the buyer a commission. 

  • Proof of Service Requirements for VA Home Loans

    One of the first things you're required to do when applying for a VA mortgage is proving that you're on active duty and in good standing with your branch of the service.

  • Why Can't I Get My VA Loan Eligibility Restored?

    Some veterans who take advantage of their VA loan benefit don't think about using it again, but there are several circumstances where a borrower can get their VA home loan eligibility restored.

  • What is a VA Compromise Sale?

    If you get an offer lower than the payoff amount on your VA home loan, contact the VA about a compromise sale to pay the difference.

  • VA Loans for National Guard and Reserve Members

    Reservists and members of the National Guard have access to the VA home loan program. Some may need to meet different eligibility criteria in order to be approved for a VA home loan.

  • What is a Joint VA Loan?

    The joint loan is permitted by the VA, but there are conditions. The VA guaranteed loan is only extended to the veteran and the other applicant is not backed by the VA loan.