VA Loans: Making Home Ownership Possible

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VA loans are available to all enlisted military regardless of whether or not they served in active duty. The only major stipulation is an honorable discharge on their record when they completed their term of service. Far too many veterans don’t really know enough about the program and therefore, do not miss out on the benefits available to them.

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Back in 2016, I had a first-time homebuyer client who didn’t think he could qualify for a VA loan because he wasn’t “active duty” and served in the national guard. I put him in touch with a lender who assured him that in fact, he could apply for and receive the benefits of a VA Loan. That was a real game changer for him!

Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loans Program, has helped over 22 million veterans achieve the American Dream of homeownership. That includes those who serve in the National Guard! It’s the only program that offers 100% financing and no lender fees, literally saving you thousands of dollars. Also, their income and credit score requirements are far more relaxed than conventional lenders so that more veterans can obtain homeownership.

Read: Armed & Ready: 5 Winning Home Buying Strategies

If you are a veteran or you know someone who is, here is a breakdown of the VA Home Loan benefits that can be used to achieve the American Dream! Veteran’s United has a link that will help determine if you qualify. 

Top 5 Benefits of a VA Home Loan

  1. The greatest benefit of a VA Loan is that borrowers can buy a home with a 0% down payment. In 2016, 82% of all VA Loans put down 0%!
  2. Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) is not required! (Most other loans with down payments under 20% require PMI, which adds additional costs to your monthly housing expense!)
  3. Credit Score requirements are also lower for VA Home Loans. The average FICO® score of a borrower for an approved VA Loan is 620, compared to 676 (FHA) or 753 (Conventional).
  4. There is also a limitation on a veteran buyer’s closing costs.Sellers can pay all of a buyer’s loan-related closing costs and up to 4% in concessions in some cases.
  5. Even with interest rates rising, VA Loans continue to have the lowest average interest rates of all loan types.

Who Qualifies for a VA Home Loan?

One of the most important first steps when applying for a VA Home Loan is obtaining your Certificate of Eligibility (COE). “The COE verifies to the lender that you are eligible for a VA-backed loan.”

You Can Apply for a VA Loan if You:

  • Serve 90 consecutive days during wartime
  • Serve 181 consecutive days during peacetime
  • Have more than 6 years in the National Guard or Reserves
  • Are the spouse of a service member who has died in the line of duty or as the result of a service-related disability
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You Can Use a VA Loan To:

  • Purchase a Home
  • Purchase a Condo
  • Build a Home
  • Refinance an existing home loan
  • Make improvements to a home by installing energy-related features or making energy-efficient improvements

Read: Home Buyer’s Secret: How To Win The Bid

For more information or to find out if you or a loved one would qualify to use the VA Home Loan Benefit, let’s get together! Thank you for your service!

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