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VA Home Mortgage
Please note for the VA mortgage – No mobile, manufactured homes or raw land, acreage permitted. The VA mortgage program requires a min 620 credit score.
The national VA Home Loan Program came about in 1944 through the original Servicemen’s Readjustment Act also known as the GI Bill of Rights. The GI Bill was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and provided veterans with a federally guaranteed home with no down payment. With more than 25.5 Million veterans eligible for VA financing, the program is still an excellent source for affordable 100% financing to eligible veterans. The VA jumbo loan program is especially good for veterans living in high-cost property locations of CA, Fla, TX, AZ, etc
HOW THE VA LOAN WORKS:
VA will guarantee a maximum of 25% of a home loan amount up to $106,025, which limits the maximum loan amount to $424,100 in most locations. * Select higher-cost locations (parts of California, Florida, Virginia, etc) have higher VA loan limits. The purchase price, plus the one-time VA funding fee may be financed into the home buyers loan.
VA high balance jumbo loans are also available for larger amounts up to $1,500,000. This is good for Vets in search of financing in more expensive housing locations like Miami, San Diego, San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago, DC, and Boston – please learn more about VA Jumbo Mortgages here.
VA guaranteed loans are only made by approved lenders, banks, brokers, savings & loans, or mortgage companies to eligible veterans for the purchase of a home, which must be for their own personal occupancy. The guaranty means the mortgage company is protected against loss if you default on the loan. The guaranty replaces the protection the lender normally receives by requiring a down payment and mortgage insurance allowing you to obtain favorable financing terms.
BENEFITS OF VA HOME LOANS:
- TRUE 100% FINANCING (No down payment required except for VA Jumbo options)
- Less restrictive credit guidelines than conventional financing
- First-time homebuyers allowed
- No mortgage insurance or PMI (this saves hundreds of dollars monthly)
- No income restrictions
- No restrictions on the seller of home or location. Home being purchased can be a buy owner sale, foreclosure, short sale, bank owned, etc.
- 100% financing on loan amount up to $453,100 in most locations – larger VA Jumbo loan amounts permitted in high costs locations.
- The one-time VA funding fee can be included in borrowers loan amount. See the 2018 funding fee chart below.
- The Cash Out VA refinance allows up to 100% loan to value. See below for more details.
2018 VA FUNDING FEE CHART:
Please read more about the 2018 VA Loan Guidelines here.
VA MORTGAGE ELIGIBILITY
- Veterans who served on active duty and have a discharge other than dishonorable after a minimum of 90 days of service during wartime or a minimum of 181 continuous days during peacetime.
- 2 years requirement if the veteran enlisted and began service after September 7, 1980 or was an officer and began service after October 16, 1981
- 6-year requirement for National guards and reservists with certain criteria and there are specific rules concerning the eligibility of surviving spouses
- If you are now on regular duty (not active duty for training), you are eligible after having served 181 days unless discharged or separated from a previous qualifying period of active duty
- If you are an un-remarried spouse of a veteran who died while in service or from a service-connected disability
- If you are a spouse of a serviceperson missing in action or a prisoner of war
- A surviving spouse who remarries on or after attaining age 57, and on or after December 16, 2003, may be eligible
CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY (COE)
The VA Mortgage program requires the applicant to complete VA form 26-1880 along with proof of military service. In some cases, it may be possible for VA to establish eligibility without proof of service. However, it’s best to provide evidence to avoid any possible delays. Acceptable proof of service includes:
- A copy of the veteran’s DD form 214 – if the veteran has been discharged or has retired from active military service
- A Statement of Service – the veteran should obtain if still serving on active duty
Don’t have your COE? No worries, our specialist can help you obtain your certificate of eligibility. Some lenders have access to the ACE (Automated Certificate of Eligibility) system. Not all cases can be found through the ACE system, only those which the VA has sufficient information on file for. If need help, please contact us.
If you’ve had a VA loan before you can re-use your eligibility again as long as the home wasn’t foreclosed on in which case the VA would have suffered a loss and would cause you to not be eligible again. Higher “second-time use” VA funding fee may apply.
STREAMLINED VA REFINANCE LOANS
IRRRL stands for Interest Rate Reduction Refinancing Loan. You may see it referred to as a “Streamline” or a “VA to VA.”
- No appraisal or credit underwriting package is required by VA. You should be aware, however, that some lenders may require an appraisal and credit report anyway. Even if you owe more on your loan than the home is worth, contact us. The VA IRRL loan may be able to help.
- A certificate of eligibility is not required. We can use our e-mail confirmation procedure for VA streamlined refinance in lieu of a certificate of eligibility.
- A streamlined VA refinance loan may be done with “no money out of pocket” by including all costs in the new loan or by making the new loan at an interest rate high enough to enable the lender to pay the costs. (Remember: The interest rate on the new loan must be lower than the rate on the old loan unless you refinance an ARM to a fixed rate mortgage).
- You must NOT receive any cash from the loan proceeds. Please see the 100% VA Cash Out refinance program below is you are looking to cash out equity.
- A streamlined VA refi must be a VA to VA refinance, and it will reuse the entitlement you originally used.
- The occupancy requirement for a streamlined VA refinance is different from other VA loans. When you originally got your VA loan, you certified that you occupied or intended to occupy the home. For a streamlined VA refinance you need only certify that you previously occupied it.
- The loan may not exceed the sum of the outstanding balance on the existing VA loan, plus allowable fees and closing costs, including funding fee and any points. You may also add up to $6,000 of energy efficiency improvements into the loan. Adding all of these items into your loan may result in a situation in which you owe more than the fair market value of the house.
- No loan other than the existing VA loan may be paid from the proceeds of the VA streamline refinance. If you have a second mortgage, the holder must agree to subordinate that lien so that your new VA loan will be a first mortgage.
100% VA CASH OUT REFINANCE LOANS
Five Stars now offers up to 100% loan to value VA Cash Out Refinance for approved home owners in 2018. Most VA lenders cap the cash out refinance at 90% LTV, however, we permit up to 100% of your home’s value. This is a great way to pay off and consolidate higher interest credit cards, car loans, installment loans or other debt. Most of this type of debt carries higher interest rates when compared to mortgage interest rates. In addition, home loan interest is tax deductible. Find out today if the VA 100% cash-out refinance is right for you. Please note, the 100% VA cash out is not available for Texas home owners.
As you can see there are many benefits to using a VA home loan for your next home purchase. Loan Specialists are standing by 7 days a week to facilitate your VA purchase loan, 100% VA Cash Out or Streamlined IRRL refinance.
Questions? Please submit the ” Request Contact” form button at top of your screen. You can also call Ph: 800-871-2636. Our goal is to respond to all submitted requests within 10 minutes, 7 days a week.