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VA Loan - Long term home loan for veterans

Posted on: 12th Apr, 2004 05:32 pm
Veteran Affair loans or VA home loans are long term loans having a low or zero down payment. They are especially meant for the purpose of buying a home, building a home, purchasing and improving a home at the same time by United States veterans and service persons. Under the VA mortgage loan program, the Veterans Administration guarantees a certain portion of a home loan made by institutional investors to the veterans who are qualified.

The features of VA loans are:
  • Generally, VA guaranteed loans are 15 or 30 years fixed rate products-all fully amortized.

  • VA loans are all for property occupied by the owner and from one up to four unit family homes.

  • The Veterans Administration charges a funding fee based on the total loan amount. It is based upon loan- to-value, the Veteran's status and whether the Veteran has used the loan program earlier. This fee may be paid in cash or financed.

  • Veterans who had a VA mortgage loan before may still get their entitlement restored to use another VA loan.
VA loan is easier to qualify for than a regular loan. It also requires little or no down payment in order to purchase a home. Veterans who had served during World War II (on active duty) or at some later period and honorably discharged later can qualify for VA loans. A veteran not having a certificate of eligibility can obtain it by completing VA Form 26-1880.

Now the Veterans Affair is also offering VA adjustable rate mortgages (ARM). If one is not planning to stay in one's home for a long time (for more than 5 years) then this ARM would be most suitable. It will prove to be a boon by saving lot of money as the interest rates are usually quite lower in such cases.

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I would like to add some more information here.

A veteran can also join a non veteran in obtaining a VA loan even though he/she is not his/her spouse, but the guarantee will be based on the veteran's portion of the loan.

The non veteran's part will be not be covered by the guarantee. Lenders who offer these types of joint loans may require you to make a down payment in order to cover the risk on the non guaranteed portion of the loan.

Both the incomes of the veteran and the non veteran can be used to qualify for the loan. However, the income of the veteran must be sufficient to repay at least the portion of the loan under the veteran and the non veteran's income should be sufficient to cover the rest.

Hope this information will help.
Posted on: 28th Apr, 2006 05:41 pm
My credit number is under 640.
Posted on: 28th Dec, 2008 08:13 am
Hi John

So you want to take a VA loan? You can take a VA loan for buying a home, building a home, purchasing and improving a home. You can speak to the lenders of your area and check out the rates and terms they are offering you. If you feel that you can afford the rates and terms, then you should go for it. But I would suggest you to do some mortgage shopping before agreeing to take a loan. This will help you in knowing the prevalent market rates and terms.

You can also seek a no-obligation free mortgage consultation from the lenders of this community. Let's hope they will be able to help you.

Posted on: 29th Dec, 2008 01:13 am
Does anyone knows what should we expect in 2010? they promise more problems on wall stree? I are heading toward dipression?
Posted on: 13th Apr, 2009 06:28 am
just lovely.

erurrefultifs (can you tell me what that means?), nobody has crystal balls anymore. they all broke during the great subprime crisis which lead to the great foreclosure crisis which is leading us down the garden path.

even when we had crystal balls, they didn't work. the "best" economists in the world don't have a firm handle on what's going to happen in 2010. you won't find any of those people on this forum, either. maybe that's a good thing; i don't know.

i think the sun will come up tomorrow and each tomorrow during 2010 also. i think wall street will still exist, though perhaps not in its present state. lots of people have depression, but they take medication for it. as for the economy, the stimuli that have been applied thus far this year should have a favorable effect - when? who knows! in part, maybe, this year; and in part, maybe, next year too.

i don't know if that's at all helpful; probably not, but it's the best i can do on short notice. i, and the world's finest along with me, have to say "i don't know."
Posted on: 13th Apr, 2009 11:40 am
Heard a lot about VA loans... can anyone tell me how long is a va loan good for? Can anyone tell me what are the eligibility criteria for VA loan?
Posted on: 27th Nov, 2009 01:52 am
You can get a VA loan for both 15 year and 30 year terms. All active duty officers and honorably discharged service members can apply and get a VA Home Loan. You'll be considered eligible for a VA loan if you satisfy any of the criteria like serving 6 years in the National Guard or the Reserves, serving 90 days during war time (Active Duty) or serving 181 days during peacetime (Active Duty) or spouse of a service member who was killed in the line of duty.

VA loans offer various benefits. Some of them include:
  • Borrowers will have to meet the basic credit standards. However, the loan is not "score driven".
  • Borrowers can pre-pay the loan without penalty.
  • The closing costs are limited by VA.
  • Borrowers will not have to pay private mortgage insurance (pmi).
  • Borrowers can get assistance if they're unable to make payments.
  • VA loans are assumable, but the person assuming the loan should be qualified.
Posted on: 27th Nov, 2009 02:45 am
Given that President Obama announced recently that the US would be withdrawing from Iraq, and presumably from other foreign teritories, does anyone else think it may be likely that in the not to distant future, VA loan entitlements may be reduced?
Posted on: 24th Oct, 2011 06:03 pm
Hi creditscoreup!

Welcome to forums!

There has been no such updates in the recent past. So, I don't think the government will reduce the VA loan entitlements in the near future.

Feel free to ask if you've further queries.

Posted on: 24th Oct, 2011 10:03 pm
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