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Kentucky VA Loans: What to Know about Qualifying for a VA loan in 2019

What are the updated guidelines for qualifying for a Kentucky VA Mortgage in 2019

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What is a Kentucky VA Mortgage loan?

A Kentucky VA loan is issued by a private lender in Kentucky and insured by the Department of Veterans Affairs or VA . for qualified U.S. veterans, active-duty military personnel and certain surviving spouses.

Who is eligible for a Kentucky Mortgage VA loan?

You are likely to be entitled to apply for a Kentucky VA mortgage if:

  • You are active-duty military.

  • You were separated from military service in a situation “other than dishonorable discharge.”

  • As a veteran or active military, you meet specific length-of-service requirements.

  • You are a reservist or a member of the National Guard.

  • You are a qualified surviving spouse of a deceased veteran.

In addition, there are these requirements:

  • The home must be your primary residence.

  • You must have a valid certificate of eligibility from the VA.

  • Although the VA has no minimum credit score requirement, most lenders do.

Kentucky VA Mortgage Loan Benefits.

A Kentucky VA loan begins with one important distinction: relaxed credit-qualifying standards in regards to credit scores, past bankruptcies and foreclosures

VA has no minimum credit score requirement, lenders often require scores of at least 580 A few lenders will approve loans with credit scores as low as 500 in some cases .2 year removed from bankruptcy and foreclosure is required too with a clear Cavirs number.

THE MAJOR BENEFITS of a Kentucky VA mortgage are as follows:

  • $0 down payment unless the purchase price is more than the appraised value of the property or it’s higher than the local VA loan limit.

  • Mortgage rates are typically lower than rates on conventional loans.

  • No mortgage insurance is required monthly, just upfront funding fees.

  • You can reuse your VA loan benefit.

  • You don’t have to be a first-time home buyer.

  • VA-backed loans can be assumable — this means they can be taken over by someone you sell the house to, even if that person isn’t a service member.

  • A bankruptcy discharged more than two years ago — and in some cases, within one to two years — will not preclude you from getting a VA loan.

Types of Kentucky Mortgage VA loans

Home purchase in Kentucky: A Kentucky VA loan can be used to buy an existing home or a condominium in a VA-approved development, or to build a home.

Cash-out refinance in Kentucky:VA cash-out refi replaces your mortgage with a new loan, while tapping some of your home’s value for things like paying off debt or making home improvements. It also can be used to replace a non-VA loan with a VA loan.

Interest rate reduction refinance loan or rate and term: A VA IRRRL (which is pronounced “Earl”) is also called a streamline refinance loan. You can replace an existing VA loan with a mortgage offering a lower interest rate, or move from an adjustable-rate loan to one with a fixed interest rate. Usually no appraisal or income documentation is needed for most IRRRL Refinances saving you a lot of money and qualifying headaches on a refinance

Kentucky VA loan fees for Funding Fees.

Although mortgage insurance isn’t charged on Kentucky VA loans, a “funding fee” serves the same purpose: to help lenders defray the expenses of foreclosing on borrowers who default. The fee ranges from 1.25% to 3.3% of the loan balance, depending on your down payment, branch of the military and whether or not it’s your first time getting a VA loan.

The VA funding fee can be rolled into your total loan package, but that will likely raise your interest rate and will absolutely raise your monthly payment.

Though a down payment is not generally required, putting 5% or more down will reduce your VA funding fee. And a down payment will lower your monthly payment, too.

 

Childcare Expenses

Did you know that VA considers childcare expenses a debt?

VA has given guidance that Borrowers with children age 12 and under must complete and sign a “Child Care Letter”. The lender must obtain the letter from the veteran documenting the childcare expense or detailing why no expense is incurred. Ensure that the current daycare provisions will remain logical based on the location of the new home. If applicable, the name and address of the childcare provider, should be obtained. This expense should be listed under section D, line 29, “Job Related Expense (e.g., child care)” on the VA Loan Analysis.

A “VA Child Care Expense Certification” form can be found on the Fairway website under “Forms & Documents” or by clicking here: VA Child Care Expense Certification

 

Kentucky VA Guidelines After Bankruptcy And Foreclosure On Waiting Period After Foreclosure

Kentucky VA Loans only have a two year mandatory waiting period after foreclosure, deed in lieu of foreclosure, or short sale for a Veteran to qualify for a Kentucky VA Loan.

 

Kentucky VA Guidelines After Bankruptcy And Foreclosure On Waiting Period After Chapter 7 and 13

  • There is a two year mandatory waiting period to qualify for a VA Loan after a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy discharged date and 1 year for A Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

 

New Loan Limits for VA Mortgage Loans in Kentucky for 2019
Fannie Mae has just announced an increase to County Loan Limits for 2019 in Kentucky. Effective Thursday November 29th, will allow FNMA loans to be locked using the 2019 Loan Limits.
The new loan limits are listed below. Individual Kentucky County Loan Limits for 2019 can be found on Fannie Mae’s Loan Limit Look-Up Table HERE.

 

Kentucky VA Loan Process

A list of items needed for underwriting is provided to the buyer based on the buyer’s scenario. Based on the borrower’s scenario, the process is explained which includes the items discussed below such as the VA certificate of eligibility (COE), DD-214, income verification, and more.

 

How to Get a VA Loan Certificate of Eligibility

 

How to Apply for a VA Home Loan Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

The first step in getting a VA direct or VA-backed home loan is to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). This confirms for your lender that you qualify for the VA home loan benefit. Find out how to apply for a COE. Then, choose your loan type and learn about the rest of the loan application process.

How do I prepare before starting my application?

Gather the information you’ll need to apply for your COE. Click on the description below that matches you best to find out what you’ll need:

 

  • Veteran
  • Servicemember
  • Current or former activated National Guard or Reserve member
  • Current member of the National Guard or Reserves who has never been activated
  • Discharged member of the National Guard who was never activated
  • Discharged member of the Reserves who was never activated
  • Surviving spouse of a Veteran who died on active duty or who had a service-connected disability

 

How do I apply for my COE?

You can apply online right now.

Go to eBenefits to Apply

You can also apply:

Through our Web LGY system

In some cases, you can get your COE through your lender using our Web LGY system. Ask your lender about this option.

By mail

To apply by mail, fill out a Request for a Certificate of Eligibility (VA Form 26-1880) and mail it to the address listed on the form. Please keep in mind that this may take longer than applying online or through our Web LGY system.
Download VA Form 26-1880.

 

Next steps for getting a VA direct or VA-backed home loan

Applying for your COE is only one part of the process for getting a VA direct or VA-backed home loan. Your next steps will depend on the type of loan you’re looking to get—and on your lender (for most loans, the lender will be a private bank or mortgage company; for the Native American Direct Loan, we’ll be your lender).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223
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Louisville Kentucky VA Refinance for Cashout, rate and term, and IRRL streamline VA refinance Mortgage

Louisville Kentucky VA REFINANCE Mortgage Guidelines

 

RATE/TERM REFINANCE
  • Anything being paid off other than a first mortgage lien is considered cash out.
  • Buyout of spouse’s equity per divorce decree.
  • Borrower may not receive more than $500.00 cash at closing.
  • Total loan amount is limited to 90% LTV plus Funding Fee.
  • No refinances are allowed within 90 days of the property being listed for sale.
  • The loan may be eligible for refinance after 30 days of the property being listed with the following compensations:
    • Letter of explanation containing the reason the property was listed for sale; the reason the property was taken off of the market; and the borrower’s plans for the property over the next 12 months.
    • Application cannot be dated prior to 30 days after the property has been taken off of the market or the listing has expired.
    • 0x30 payment history required over the previous 12 months.
  • For limited cash out or rate/term refinances, any non‐mortgage debts, collections, judgments or liens that are to be paid off must be paid prior to closing in order for the transaction to be considered as a limited cash out or rate/term refinance.
INTEREST RATE REDUCTION REFINANCE LOAN (IRRRL)
  • Primary Residence refinances only; Non-owner occupied and second homes are not eligible.
  • Must be refinancing a current VA insured mortgage.
  • All borrowers on previous Note must be on new Note.
  • Maximum term is term of the original loan plus up to 10 years not to exceed 30 years.
  • The new interest rate must bear a lower interest rate than the loan it is refinancing (unless the loan is an adjustable rate mortgage)
  • Subordinate financing may remain at max 125% CLTV. Subordinate lender must agree to re-subordination.
  • A credit report and 620 minimum credit score is required but sections V, VI and a-k of VIII of the application are not required to be completed.
  • As of December 1, 2010, employment information for the borrower(s) is now required to be completed on the loan application (Section IV). No income amount or income information is required. Only a Verbal VOE will be completed.

Minimum 2055 conventional appraisal is required.

The total loan amount (base loan amount + VA funding fee = Total loan amount) must be supported by the value of the property. Appraised value must be equal to or greater than the total loan amount. Max LTV/CLTV is 100%.

  • Employment and Income documentation is not required.
  • Borrower may not receive more than $500.00 cash at closing.
  • No refinances are allowed within 6 months of the property being listed for sale.
  • 0x30 payment history required over the previous 12 months.
  • Borrower must have made a minimum of 6 payments on current mortgage with 0x30 pay history to be eligible for VA IRRRL.
  • Borrower must credit qualify if:
    • New P&I increases more than 20% over previous Note P&I when the mortgage term is reduced or when refinancing from an ARM to a Fixed rate.
    • New P&I increases more than 20% over previous Note P&I on a primary residence or when a borrower is removed from the Note.

 

 Louisville Kentucky VA Refinance for Cashout, 
  • Total loan amount is limited to 90% LTV plus Funding.
  • No refinances are allowed within 6 months of the property being listed for sale.
  • LTV is based on the lesser of the appraised value or acquisition cost on properties with less than 6 months ownership seasoning.
  • 0x30 payment history required over the previous 12 months.

Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan

The VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL) lowers your interest rate by refinancing your existing VA home loan. By obtaining a lower interest rate, your monthly mortgage payment should decrease. You can also refinance an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) into a fixed rate mortgage.

IRRRL Facts

  • No appraisal or credit underwriting package is required when applying for an IRRRL.
  • An IRRRL 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.
  • When refinancing from an existing VA ARM loan to a fixed rate loan, the interest rate may increase.
  • No lender is required to give you an IRRRL, however, any VA lender of your choosing may process your application for an IRRRL.
  • Veterans are strongly urged to contact several lenders because terms may vary.
  • You may NOT receive any cash from the loan proceeds.

Eligibility

An IRRRL can only be made to refinance a property on which you have already used your VA loan eligibility. It must be a VA to VA refinance, and it will reuse the entitlement you originally used.

Additionally:

  • A Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is not required. If you have your Certificate of Eligibility, take it to the lender to show the prior use of your entitlement.
  • No loan other than the existing VA loan may be paid from the proceeds of an IRRRL. 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.
  • You may have used your entitlement by obtaining a VA loan when you bought your house, or by substituting your eligibility for that of the seller, if you assumed the loan.
  • The occupancy requirement for an IRRRL is different from other VA loans. For an IRRRL you need only certify that you previously occupied the home.

Application Process

A new Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is not required. You may take your Certificate of Eligibility to show the prior use of your entitlement or your lender may use our e-mail confirmation procedure in lieu of a certificate of eligibility.

Loan Limits

VA does not set a cap on how much you can borrow to finance your home. However, there are limits on the amount of liability VA can assume, which usually affects the amount of money an institution will lend you. The loan limits are the amount a qualified Veteran with full entitlement may be able to borrow without making a down payment. These loan limits vary by county, since the value of a house depends in part on its location.

The basic entitlement available to each eligible Veteran is $36,000. Lenders will generally loan up to four times a Veteran’s available entitlement without a down payment, provided the Veteran is income and credit qualified and the property appraises for the asking price. See Loan Limits for more information about the limits in your county.

VA Funding Fee

Generally, all Veterans using the VA Home Loan Guaranty benefit must pay a funding fee. This reduces the loan’s cost to taxpayers considering that a VA loan requires no down payment and has no monthly mortgage insurance. The funding fee is a percentage of the loan amount which varies based on the type of loan and your military category, if you are a first-time or subsequent loan user, and whether you make a down payment. You have the option to finance the VA funding fee or pay it in cash, but the funding fee must be paid at closing time. You do not have to pay the fee if you are a:

  • Veteran receiving VA compensation for a service-connected disability, OR
  • Veteran who would be entitled to receive compensation for a service-connected disability if you did not receive retirement or active duty pay, OR
  • Surviving spouse of a Veteran who died in service or from a service-connected disability.

The funding fee for second time users who do not make a down payment is slightly higher. Also, National Guard and Reserve Veterans pay a slightly higher funding fee percentage. See Loan Fees for more information about loan costs. Some lenders offer IRRRLs as an opportunity to reduce the term of your loan from 30 years to 15 years. While this can save you money in interest over the life of the loan, you may see a very large increase in your monthly payment if the reduction in the interest rate is not at least one percent (two percent is better).Beware: It could be a bigger increase than you can afford.

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Eligibility for the Louisville Kentucky VA Home Loan Program

Eligibility for the Louisville Kentucky VA Home Loan Program

Who’s Eligible for a Kentucky VA-Backed Loan?

  • Veterans
  • Active duty personnel
  • Reservists/National Guard members
  • Some surviving spouses

Go to Eligibility Rules for detailed information.  You might also want to look at our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).


How Do I Prove to the Lender that I’m Eligible?

You’ll need a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) before you can get a VA-backed loan.  This section shows how you can apply for one.

Among categories A, B, and C below, find the one that matches your situation.

Category A:  Veterans, Active Duty, and Reservists/National Guard Members Who Have Served on Active Duty

You can get a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) in any of three ways:

  1. Apply online.  To get your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) online, please go to the eBenefits portal at this link.  If you already have login credentials, click the Login box, and if you need login credentials, please click the Register box and follow the directions on the screen.  If you need any assistance please call the eBenefits Help Desk at 1-800-983-0937.  Their hours are Monday-Friday, 8am to 8pm EST.
  2. Apply through the lender.  In many cases, lenders can obtain a Certificate online in minutes.  Check the table below entitled, “Evidence Needed for the Certificate of Eligibility.”
  3. Apply by mail.  Use VA Form 26-1880.  Return it to the address shown on the form. If you can’t print the form, just call 1-888-768-2132 and follow the prompts for Eligibility.  We can mail it to you.

Evidence you’ll need when you apply (Category A)


Category B:  Reservists/National Guard Members Who Have Never Served on Active Duty

You can get a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) in any of three ways:

  1. Apply online.  To get your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) online, please go to the eBenefits portal at this link.  If you already have login credentials, click the Login box, and if you need login credentials, please click the Register box and follow the directions on the screen.  If you need any assistance please call the eBenefits Help Desk at 1-800-983-0937.  Their hours are Monday-Friday, 8am to 8pm EST.
  2. Apply through the lender.  Your lender can submit your application online for you.  Check the table below entitled, “Evidence Needed for the Certificate of Eligibility.”
  3. Apply by mail.  Use VA Form 26-1880. If you can’t print the form, just call 1-888-768-2132 and follow the prompts for Eligibility.  We can mail it to you.

Evidence you’ll need when you apply (Category B)


Category C:  Surviving Spouses of Veterans Who Died In Service or As a Result of Service

You must apply for the Certificate by mail.

If your veteran spouse died after service, VA must determine that the death was due to a service-connected disability.  Please allow 2-3 months for this process unless you know that the decision on service-connected death has already been made.

Apply using VA Form 26-1817.  If you can’t print the form, just call 1-888-768-2132 and follow the prompts for Eligibility.  We can mail it to you.

Send the completed form to:

VA Loan Eligibility Center
Attn: COE (262)
PO Box 100034
Decatur, GA 30031

Evidence you’ll need when you apply (Category C)


What Evidence Will I Need to Get the Certificate?

The evidence you need depends on the nature of your eligibility.  This chart explains.

Evidence Needed for the Certificate of Eligibility

If you are. . .

You should submit . . .

Veteran
(Includes a member or former member of the National Guard or Reserves who was once activated for Federal Service)
DD Form 214; We are required to have a copy showing the character of service (item 24) and the narrative reason for separation (item 28).
Active duty servicemember A current statement of service

signed by (or by the direction of):
the adjutant, personnel office, or commander of the unit or higher headquarters

showing:
Your full name
Social Security Number
Date of birth
Entry date on active duty
The duration of any lost time
The name of the command providing the information

Back to Category A

If you are. . .

You should submit . . .         

Serving now in the Selected Reserve or the National Guard and have never been activated for federal service Statement of service

signed by (or by the direction of):
the adjutant, personnel officer or commander of your unit or higher headquarters

showing:
Your full name
Social Security Number
Date of birth
Entry date on duty
The total number of creditable years of service
The duration of any lost time
The name of the command providing the information

A discharged member of the National Guard who has never been activated for federal service Either:
NGB Form 22, Report of Separation and Record of Service, for each period of National Guard service
OR
NGB Form 23, Retirement Points Accounting, and proof of the character of service
A discharged member of the Selected Reserve who has never been activated for federal service Copy of your latest annual retirement points statement and evidence of honorable service

Back to Category B

If you are. . .

You should submit . . .     

The surviving spouse of a servicemember who died on active duty If you’re already receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), you don’t need to send any documents.

If you don’t receive DIC, please send us

  • A copy of the DD Form 1300 (Report of Casualty) from the military
  • A copy of your marriage certificate

It would be a good idea to add a simple signed statement saying that you would like to apply for DIC.  If you qualify for the home loan benefit, you probably qualify for monthly payments under DIC.

Put the servicemember’s Social Security number on all documents.

The surviving spouse of a veteran who died as a result of military service If you’re already receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), send us a copy of your award letter.
(Generally, you will already have a record on file at a VA regional benefits office.)

If you don’t receive Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), please send us

  • A copy of the veteran’s DD Form 214
  • A copy of the veteran’s death certificate
  • A copy of your marriage certificate

We recommend that you add a simple signed statement saying that you would like to apply for DIC.  If you qualify for the home loan benefit, you probably qualify for monthly payments under DIC.

Put the veteran’s Social Security number on all documents.

Eligibility Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about who is eligible for a VA loan and reuse of eligibility for another VA loan.

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Q: How do I apply for a VA guaranteed loan?

A: You can apply for a VA loan with any mortgage lender that participates in the VA home loan program. At some point, you will need to get a Certificate of Eligibility from VA to prove to the lender that you are eligible for a VA loan.

Q: How do I get a Certificate of Eligibility?

A: Complete a VA Form 26-1880,  Request for a Certificate of Eligibility: You can apply for a Certificate of Eligibility by submitting a completed VA Form 26-1880, Request For A Certificate of Eligibility For Home Loan Benefits, to the Atlanta Eligibility Center, along with proof of military service. In some cases it may be possible for VA to establish eligibility without your proof of service. However, to avoid any possible delays, it’s best to provide such evidence.

Q: Can my lender get my Certificate of Eligibility for me?

A: Yes, it’s called Web LGY. Most lenders have access to the Web LGY system. This Internet based application can establish eligibility and issue an online Certificate of Eligibility in a matter of seconds. Not all cases can be processed through Web LGY – only those for which VA has sufficient data in our records. However, veterans are encouraged to ask their lenders about this method of obtaining a certificate.

Q: What is acceptable proof of military service?

A: If you are still serving on regular active duty, you must include an original statement of service signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters which identifies you and your social security number, and providesyour date of entry on your current active duty period and the duration of any time lost.

If you were discharged from regular active duty after January 1, 1950, a copy of DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty should be included with your VA Form 26-1880. If you were discharged after October 1, 1979, DD Form 214 copy 4 should be included. A PHOTOCOPY OF DD214 WILL SUFFICE…..DO NOT SUBMIT AN ORIGINAL DOCUMENT.

If you are still serving on regular active duty, you must include an original statement of service signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters which shows your date of entry on your current active duty period and the duration of any time lost.

If you were discharged from the Selected Reserves or the National Guard, you must include copies of adequate documentation of at least 6 years of honorable service. If you were discharged from the Army or Air Force National Guard, you may submit NGB Form 22, Report of Separation and Record of Service, or NGB Form 23, Retirement Points Accounting, or it’s equivalent. If you were discharged from the Selected Reserve, you may submit a copy of your latest annual points statement and evidence of honorable service. Unfortunately, there is no single form used by the Reserves or National Guard similar to the DD Form 214. It is your responsibility to furnish adequate documentation of at least 6 years of honorable service.

If you are still serving in the Selected Reserves or the National Guard, you must include an original statement of service signed by, or by the direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters showing the length of time that you have been a member of the Selected Reserves. Again, at least 6 years of honorable service must be documented.

Q: How can I obtain proof of military service?

AStandard Form 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records, is used to apply for proof of military service regardless of whether you served on regular active duty or in the selected reserves. This request form is NOT processed by VA. Rather, Standard Form 180 is completed and mailed to the appropriate custodian of military service records. Instructions are provided on the reverse of the form to assist in determining the correct forwarding address.

Q: I have already obtained one VA loan. Can I get another one?

A: Yes, your eligibility is reusable depending on the circumstances. Normally, if you have paid off your prior VA loan and disposed of the property, you can have your used eligibility restored for additional use. Also, on a one-time only basis, you may have your eligibility restored if your prior VA loan has been paid in full but you still own the property. In either case, to obtain restoration of eligibility, the veteran must send a completed VA Form 26-1880 to our Atlanta Eligibility Center. To prevent delays in processing, it is also advisable to include evidence that the prior loan has been paid in full and, if applicable, the property disposed of. This evidence can be in the form of a paid-in-full statement from the former lender, or a copy of the HUD-1 settlement statement completed in connection with a sale of the property or refinance of the prior loan.

Q: I sold the property I obtained with my prior VA loan on an assumption. Can I get my eligibility restored to use for a new loan?

A: In this case the veteran’s eligibility can be restored only if the qualified assumer is also an eligible veteran who is willing to substitute his or her available eligibility for that of the original veteran. Otherwise, the original veteran cannot have eligibility restored until the assumer has paid off the VA loan.

Q: My prior VA loan was assumed, the assumer defaulted on the loan, and VA paid a claim to the lender. VA said it wasn’t my fault and waived the debt. Now I need a new VA loan but I am told that my used eligibility can not be restored. Why?

Or,

Q: My prior loan was foreclosed on, or I gave a deed in lieu of foreclosure, or the VA paid a compromise (partial) claim. Although I was released from liability on the loan and/or the debt was waived, I am told that I cannot have my used eligibility restored. Why?

A: In either case, although the veteran’s debt was waived by VA, the Government still suffered a loss on the loan. The law does not permit the used portion of the veteran’s eligibility to be restored until the loss has been repaid in full.

Q: Only a portion of my eligibility is available at this time because my prior loan has not been paid in full even though I don’t own the property anymore. Can I still obtain a VA guaranteed home loan?

A: Yes, depending on the circumstances. If a veteran has already used a portion of his or her eligibility and the used portion cannot yet be restored, any partial remaining eligibility would be available for use. The veteran would have to discuss with a lender whether the remaining balance would be sufficient for the loan amount sought and whether any down payment would be required.

Q: Is the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran eligible for the home loan benefit?

A: The unmarried surviving spouse of a veteran who died on active duty or as the result of a service-connected disability is eligible for the home loan benefit. If you wish to make application for the home loan benefit as a surviving spouse, contact our Atlanta Eligibility Center. In addition, a surviving spouse who obtained a VA home loan with the veteran prior to his or her death (regardless of the cause of death), may obtain a VA guaranteed interest rate reduction refinance loan. For more information, contact our Atlanta Eligibility Center.

[NOTEAlso, a surviving spouse who remarries on or after attaining age 57, and on or after December 16, 2003, may be eligible for the home loan benefit. However, a surviving spouse who remarried before December 16, 2003, and on or after attaining age 57, must apply no later than December 15, 2004, to establish home loan eligibility. VA must deny applications from surviving spouses who remarried before December 16, 2003 that are received after December 15, 2004.]

Q: Are the children of a living or deceased veteran eligible for the home loan benefit?

A: No, the children of an eligible veteran are not eligible for the home loan benefit.