If you are looking for a home and want to reduce your out-of-pocket costs for the loan, getting down payment assistance can help. There are four basic types of down payment help offered to borrowers who need it. One type is a grant or down payment gift which is not to be repaid. Other down […]
When you apply for a VA home loan, your lender will analyze your personal financial situation to determine if you’re a good candidate for a loan. Your FICO credit score and credit report contain important information, but those are not the only areas lenders examine. Lenders also consider your residual income. Residual income is the […]
When selling their homes, some people choose to cut costs by not using a real estate agent. These homes are known as for sale by owner, or FSBO, properties. And, for veterans using their VA loans to purchase homes, they should understand the unique considerations for this type of sale. As such, we’ll use this […]
VA loan limits act as a cap on the amount a homebuyer can purchase without needing a down payment. Fortunately, VA loan limits do not apply to eligible VA borrowers with full VA loan entitlement. Veterans with diminished entitlement, typically from an outstanding VA loan or those wishing to hold multiple VA loans simultaneously, must […]
The VA loan is a powerful tool service members and veterans can use to become homeowners. However, everyone has a different idea of what homeownership looks like, whether that’s a townhome or several acres of land. Let’s talk about what home can look like when you use a VA loan. How Does the VA Loan […]
The VA loan is an outstanding option for military and veteran home buyers. But are there any benefits–or drawbacks–for home sellers? Here’s what sellers should know about VA home loans. VA Loan Overview The Department of Veterans Affairs administers the VA loan program, but VA-approved lenders (e.g., banks, credit unions, and mortgage companies) originate the […]
Due to unfortunate circumstances, veterans often ask how they can use the VA loan after a foreclosure. In other words, when a home financed with a VA loan is foreclosed upon, can veterans still use their VA loan benefits? They can, but certain restrictions exist. In this article, we’ll explain how veterans can use their […]
Due to the VA loan’s outstanding terms, veterans and military members often ask how the VA loan’s one-time restoration of entitlement works. In other words, how can eligible borrowers use this one-time restoration to access their VA loan benefits again? In this article, we’ll explain how to use this one-time restoration of entitlement, including: VA […]
VA home loans, like most mortgage-loan transactions involving a new purchase loan, require an appraisal. The VA appraisal process is sometimes referred to as an inspection, which often misleads homebuyers. Here’s a look at the differences between a home inspection and a VA appraisal. What Is a VA Home Inspection? Borrower-arranged VA inspections help home […]
The VA home loan is a no-money-down mortgage exclusively for military service members and veterans who have fulfilled a minimum service requirement. Certain surviving spouses of military members who died in the line of duty are also eligible for a VA mortgage. VA home loans are a government-backed mortgage program. Government backing allows lenders to […]
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