Service members are far more likely to opt for a Department of Veterans Affairs mortgage than any other type of loan when buying their first home, a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows. Here’s a look at how much more popular Kentucky VA loans have become for service members in the last decade.
Source: Kentucky VA loans skyrocket in popularity for first-time homebuyers
This report uses the term “servicemember” as those who are training for, serving in, or have previously served in the uniformed services, as defined in 10 U.S.C. § 101(a)(5).
2 “[N]early 90% of VA-backed loans are made with no down payment.” U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (2018). Available at https://www.va.gov/housing-assistance/home-loans/.
3 These protections range from VA-provided loan counseling and assistance working with loan servicers, to VA’s authority to force a loan servicing transfer or servicing the loan in-house.
4 The funding fee ranges from 1.25 to 3.3 percent for home purchase loans, depending on veteran status, down-payment size, and first or subsequent use of VA loan benefits. The fee is waived for applicants with a service-connected disability. Other details on VA home loan benefits, costs, and eligibility requirements are available at https://www.va.gov/housing-assistance/home-loans/.
5 This report defines “first-time homebuyer” as individuals who open a new home loan anytime between 2006 and 2016, and do not have a prior home loan tradeline on their credit report as of the first quarter of 2006. This is stricter than the definition used by many first-time homebuyer assistance programs, which include anyone who has not owned a home in the previous three years.
6 These observations are based on Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data. “Data Point: 2017 Mortgage Market Activity and Trends”, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (HMDA Report, 2018), Figure 2. Available at https://www.consumerfinance.gov/data-research/research-reports/cfpb-data-point-mortgage-market-activity-and-trends/.