VA Home Loan Purchase: The VA purchase program allows eligible homebuyers to finance up to 100% of the purchase price. Since the end of down payment assistance programs in 2008, the VA loan program has become one of the last remaining 100% home loans in the nation.
With many conventional loans now requiring 10-20% down payment, the Veteran’s Assistance home loan is a great choice for home buyers with limited or no down payment. The best part of the program is NO monthly mortgage insurance charge. Below we will discuss some program benefits and things applicants should know about eligibility. The information below will help you better prepare for the loan application process.
VA Mortgage Program Benefits:
- 100% financing home purchases: Most conventional lenders require at least 10% down payment which is not possible for many Veterans and military families. FHA requires a 3.5% down payment and has very high monthly mortgage insurance. Because the program is guaranteed to the lender or bank (by Veterans Administration) they do not require a down payment.
- NO mortgage insurance (PMI): Even with $0 down payment, a VA Mortgage does not have mortgage insurance (PMI) as part of the monthly payment. Conventional programs with less than 20% down and FHA both have expensive mortgage insurance that can cost buyers several hundred dollars every month.
- Low interest rates: Because the program is backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the risk level associated with default is much lower. As a result, VA interest rates are usually lower than a conventional program with less than 20% down. FHA and USDA loans also backed by the government and have similar interest rates.
- Just about any home is eligible: The mortgage can be used for any HUD compliant single family home, townhome or condo. All properties must meet the basic HUD standards in regards to condition and safety. All government mortgage programs like VA, FHA, and USDA follow similar property condition guidelines. The home seller can be anyone – bank owned REO, foreclosure, short sale, or “buy owner” type seller. The property must be a primary home, no investment home purchases permitted. Please note we do not offer financing on mobile or manufactured homes.
- Easy qualifying criteria: Guidelines are more flexible than many other loan programs. Since the program is guaranteed by the government, most lenders have lower credit requirements, making them easier to qualify. Current minimum credit score requirement for most lenders is 620.
- VA Jumbo Mortgage: High balance loan options up to $1.5mil now available to buyers in high-cost locations. Please read more about VA Jumbo loans here. Please also view the video below.
VA Loan Eligibility:
VA home loan eligibility can be established for U.S. service personnel currently on active duty or honorably discharged when minimum service requirements are met. Eligibility can be earned by serving in any branch of the US military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Reserves or National Guard. You are likely eligible for a VA loan if you served the following:
- 90 days and are currently on active duty.
- 181 days during peacetime
- 6 years in the National Guard or Reserves.
- If you are an unmarried surviving spouse.
Please note: Just because you are eligible for VA mortgage benefits does not guarantee VA mortgage approval. Applicants still must meet all lender qualifying requirements in regards to credit score, debt, income stability, etc.
VA Loan Amount, VA Purchase Price Limits:
Please click the link for the standard 2019 VA Loan Limits This does not apply to VA Jumbo loans as this program is capped at $1.5mil. Buyers choosing to put money down should remember the loan caps are based on the final loan amount, not the home purchase price.
DD-214 for Veterans:
Your DD-214 is required on the VA Home loan because it lets the lender what type of discharge you had from the military which will determine if you are eligible for VA mortgage benefits. If you are active duty this does not apply. If you have misplaced your DD214, you can order one from the Veterans archives website at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/ It is a good idea to have your DD-214 before applying for your VA home loan. Not having this form in advance can delay your home purchase until received. If you have questions or need help, please reach out to us by submitting the short info request form on this page. We are always happy to assist you.
VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE):
The VA Certificate of Eligibility causes some confusion for Veterans when attempting to use their VA home loan benefits. The Certificate of Eligibility (COE) form is designed to tell both lender and the Veteran that they have sufficient entitlement/guarantee to use their VA loan benefits.
If you want to purchase a home using a VA loan, you must prove that you have the military service to qualify for this benefit. That proof of qualification being the certificate of eligibility. You’ll also need a COE to refinance from a conventional to a VA loan (but not for a streamline/IRRRL refinance).
The easiest way to obtain your certificate of eligibility is to us do it for you. Mortgage lenders use an online system to get your certificate in minutes. If this system doesn’t contain enough data to establish your VA loan eligibility, you can apply manually. This can be done online, phone or by mail.
To apply for your VA Certificate of Eligibility, please contact us directly by submitting the quick info request form on this page.
VA Mortgage Funding Fee 2019:
Please note the VA funding fee is paid on all purchase and refinance transactions with the exception of certain disabled Vets. The funding fee is paid directly to the Department of Veterans Affairs so eligible military and past veterans can take advantage of 100% financing. Below we have outlined the Florida VA funding fee chart.
NOTE: Veterans who qualify as 10% disabled or greater as a result of active military service are NOT required to pay a funding fee. Those who are not exempt from a funding fee may lower their fee by putting money down on their VA home purchase. For all VA home loans, the funding fee may be paid in cash or it may be rolled into the loan.
Home buyers can learn more about the VA Funding Fees and Jumbo Loans in the videos below:
Please call us with questions 7 days a week at Ph: 800-691-8826. You can also expedite your request by submitting the information request form on this page. We typically respond to all submitted request forms within 10 minutes during regular business hours.
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