Using The VA Loan Benefit.
We help make the process easy for using your VA Home loan benefits. VA Homebuyers can use a Veteran mortgage on the following property types:
- Existing homes
- New construction homes
- First home purchases
- Second home purchases (balance on first Veteran loan must be paid/satisfied in full)
- A condominium unit in a VA approved project (Condo must meet qualifications set by the VA)
- Simultaneous purchase and renovation of a home
- Improvement of a home by installing energy-efficient features
- Manufactured home and lot
No matter what home is purchased, it must be a primary residence and owner occupied. VA loan benefits may only be used on a primary residence, not second homes, vacation homes, or investment properties.The home purchased must be aligned with eligibility and with federal loan limits.
Are you a First Time Homebuyer? Works Great for VA Mortgages
If you happen to be a Proud Veteran AND a first time home buyer, the process might seem a little complicated when it comes to using your VA Home loan benefits. We are committed to helping Veterans and their families buy their first home and use the VA home loan benefits that they’re entitled to and have earned through hard work and sacrifice.
As a first time home buyer, we know you’ll have questions and that’s why we have a team of local experts standing by who are experienced in how Veteran loans work. Contact us at ………… and we will help you throughout the entire process of obtaining your Certificate of Eligibility and VA mortgage.
Limits on How Many Times You Can Use Your VA Home Loan Benefit.
While you can usually only have one VA loan at a time, you can use your VA loan benefits on successive homes you buy. There are a few exceptions. For the complex rules regarding buying a home before you have sold another, letting others assume your loan or using remaining eligibility on additional loans, consult our VA Loan specialists about your unique situation.
Every time you buy, you have to pay a slight fee comparable to 2.5% the first time you use the program and 3% for future times. The VA may waive this fee in certain circumstances.
Veterans, Know and Understand Your Purchase Agreement.
To facilitate the process, we can connect you with Reputable and Experienced Real Estate agents in your area to assist with your Home Search. The purchase agreement for your new home is a legally binding document. Before you sign the purchase agreement for your home and your VA loan, make sure it includes the following:
- The exact purchase price of the home.
- The party (buyer or seller) responsible for paying closing costs. The VA allows sellers to pay closing costs, which can help reduce your out of pocket costs even more.
- How much your down payment, if any, will be.
- If you or the seller can back out of the sale.
- The closing date and specific details regarding and surrounding the closing.
VA Appraisals, Helping VA Buyers make Solid Buying Decisions
The VA or Veterans Administration helps you in other often overlooked/lesser-known ways. For example, the VA appraises the house you wish to purchase to make sure that you are not overpaying in the current market. If your house appraises low and you want to go ahead despite the VA appraisal, you have to come up with the money for the difference between the appraised value and the selling price. The appraisal does not guarantee that the house is in good condition though; you still need to request a home inspection to uncover potential problems the house may have. Our experts can connect you with a reputable Home Inspector in your immediate market area.
When buying a newly built home, the VA requires inspections to make sure that your house meets accepted construction standards and conforms to the plans and specifications noted in the VA appraisal. The VA does not supervise construction of your home, promise that the house is free of defects, or act as your lawyer in case of disputes with the builder. Please be sure to get a private Home Inspection, even though the Home is newly built.
VA Caps On Closing Costs
As with any loan, the mortgage loan you claim under your VA home loan benefits will have closing costs. The VA, however, does limit your charges to what is “reasonable” and “customary” in your local area. This protects the VA buyer. The remaining charges are paid by the seller or the lender. If you have little cash to apply toward closing costs, you can request that the seller pay some or all of your costs up to the limit allowed by law. You may also agree upon a selling price that includes some of the costs, which usually means that you have increased your offer on the house to include the amount of charges you have to pay at the time of closing.
VA home loan benefits allow you to purchase a home at a fair market value without coming up with much cash out-of-pocket. This is a great benefit if you are a first-time buyer who has not been able to save toward the purchase of a home while you were in the military.
Veteran Loan Refinancing
If you’ve already purchased a home using a conventional mortgage, FHA loan or even a VA loan, we can help reduce your monthly payment by refinancing your mortgage. We help our veterans determine whether a cash-out refinance or a streamline refinance is suitable for you.
How To Combine Your VA Home Loan With An Energy Efficient Mortgage
An energy efficient mortgage (EEM) gives homeowners much needed cash (up to $6,000) to make updates that can make their home more energy efficient. VA Homeowners are able to:
- Replace windows and doors with energy efficient models
- Increase insulation
- Seal air leaks around windows, doors and ducts
- Install a programmable thermostat
- Install a new HVAC system
- Install an efficient tankless hot water heater
Applying For Your Veteran Home Loan
We make Applying for a VA Mortgage easy. Simply fill out our simple VA loan prequalification form and one of our local VA Mortgage experts will contact you to help facilitate the process. Don’t miss out on your benefits — let us help you refinance or buy your new home today!