WHAT IS A VA GUARANTEED LOAN?
VA guaranteed loans are made by private lenders, such as banks, credit unions, or mortgage companies to eligible veterans for the purchase of a home, which must be for their own personal occupancy. Veterans apply for a loan through a lender and if the loan is approved, VA guarantees a portion of the total loan amount. VA’s guarantee allows the veteran to obtain a competitive interest rate without having to make a downpayment. The amount of a loan a veteran can be approved for depends on the property location and entitlement available, as well as credit and income factors. Please contact a VA-approved lender for assistance in determining the loan amount that you may qualify for.
VA LOANS OFFER THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT FEATURES:
Equal opportunity for all qualified veterans to obtain a VA loan.
No down payment (unless required by the lender or the purchase price is more than the reasonable value of the property).
Buyer informed of reasonable value.
Negotiable interest rate.
Ability to finance the VA funding fee (plus reduced funding fees with a downpayment of at least 5% and exemption for veterans receiving VA disability compensation).
Closing costs are comparable with other financing types (and may be lower).
No mortgage insurance premiums.
An assumable mortgage.
Right to prepay without penalty.
For homes inspected by VA during construction, a warranty from builder and assistance from VA to obtain cooperation of builder.
VA assistance to veteran borrowers in default due to temporary financial difficulty.
VA DOES NOT DO THE FOLLOWING:
Guarantee that a home is free of defects. VA guarantees only the loan. It is the veteran’s responsibility to assure that he/she is satisfied with the property being purchased. The VA appraisal is not intended to be an “inspection” of the property. A veteran should seek expert advice (a qualified residential inspection service), as necessary, BEFORE legally committing to a purchase agreement
.If you have a home built, VA cannot compel the builder to correct construction defects although VA does have the authority to suspend a builder from further participation in the home loan program. VA cannot guarantee that a veteran is making a good investment. VA cannot provide a veteran with legal services.
HOW DOES A VETERAN OBTAIN A VA GUARANTEED LOAN?
Contract to purchase: Veteran selects home and discusses purchase with seller or selling agent and signs purchase contract conditioned on approval of a VA guaranteed loan. Loan application: Veteran selects lender, presents Certificate of Eligibility, and completes loan application.
Lender will develop all credit information and request VA to assign a licensed appraiser to determine the reasonable value for the property.
veteran will pay for credit report and appraisal unless the seller agrees to pay.
Either VA or the lender will issue a value for property for loan purposes based on the appraisal.
Loan decision: If the established value is acceptable to all parties and the lender develops that a veteran is credit and income qualified, the loan may be approved. Most lenders are authorized to make this decision. Loan closing: Veteran (and spouse) attend the loan closing and sign the note, mortgage, and other related papers.
The lender or closing attorney will explain the loan terms and requirements as well as where and how to make the monthly payments. When the loans reported to VA, the Certificate of Eligibility is annotated to reflect the use of entitlement and returned to the applicant. (The loan closing procedure may vary in some states.)
HOW CAN I OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT VA HOME LOANS? Call VA at 1-877-827-3702 or visit VA’s web site at or contact a local lender or real estate professional.
Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior Loan Officer
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
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