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What is a VA Loan?
A VA loan is a mortgage loan in the United States guaranteed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The program is for American veterans, military members currently serving in the U.S. military, reservists and select surviving spouses (provided they do not remarry) and can be used to purchase single-family homes, condominiums, multi-unit properties, manufactured homes and new construction.
The VA does not originate loans, but sets the rules for who may qualify, issues minimum guidelines and requirements under which mortgages may be offered and financially guarantees loans that qualify under the program.
Which VA Loan Program is Right for You?
If you are considering a VA loan, it is important to speak with one of our loan specialists to see if you are eligible and to compare the benefits and drawbacks of this type of loan against other types of loans.
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Types of VA Loans
Common VA Loan Questions
The VA determines your eligibility and, if you are qualified, the VA will issue you a Certificate of Eligibility to be used in applying for a VA loan. This form will provide the information about how much your home loan benefit is, and should also indicate if you are eligible for a funding fee waiver. You may be able to obtain your COE electronically through the VA. If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to fill out a specific form and email or fax it to your regional VA office to have it completed. Command Financial can assist with this process. Often these can instantly be pulled electronically through the VA portal. If not we can request a copy on your behalf with a copy of your DD-214.
Yes, the Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL), also known as a VA Streamline Refinance, gives existing VA loan holders the opportunity to lower their interest rate. This option requires borrowers to refinance their current VA loan into another VA loan.
The advantage to an IRRRL is that income underwriting is not required. Additionally, you don’t have to pay cash out of pocket. An IRRRL is structured so than any fees are rolled into the new loan or the interest is adjusted so that the borrower’s costs are covered.
A VA appraisal and pest inspection is not required for an IRRRL.
Although the costs of getting a VA loan are generally lower than other types of low-down-payment mortgages, they still carry a one-time funding fee that varies, depending on the amount of the down payment and military category. This fee helps to fund the VA program. VA funding fees are required on all loans unless the veteran is exempt from paying the fee. A VA disability rating of 10% or more will allow for exemption from the funding fee. Your COE is used to verify the exemption.
No, VA loans do not require private mortgage insurance.
VA loans typically require borrowers to move into their home within 60 days of purchase and to use it as their primary residence. However, exceptions can be made depending on the circumstances.
Borrowers can’t use VA loans to buy investment properties or second homes.However, it is possible to have more than 1 VA home loan at the same time.
1-4 unit properties are eligible for VA financing so long as 1 unit is owner occupied.