FAQ On VA Loans Explained

Common FAQ On VA Loans

There are many FAQ On VA Loans that our viewers often inquiry about. VA Loans are the best mortgage loan program available in the United States where there are no down payment requirements and no monthly insurance requirements. Mortgage rates on VA Loans is probably the lowest out of all mortgage loan programs, including lower than Conventional loan mortgage interest rates. Unfortunately, VA Loans is only available to Veterans of the United States Armed Services with a Certificate of Eligibility with an honorable discharge. Being eligible for VA Loans is one of the greatest benefits that is offered for Veterans who served in the United States Armed Services. The Department of Veteran Affairs, VA, is in charge of mortgage lending guidelines on VA Loans. VA does not originate nor fund VA Loans. The function of VA is to insured private banks and VA approved mortgage lenders who originate and fund VA Loans in the event a Veteran defaults on his or her mortgage. The reason that VA mortgage approved lenders can offer such low mortgage rates on VA Loans where the home buyer does not put any money down on his or her home purchase is due to the VA guarantee against default of their VA home loan. VA Loans is for owner occupant properties only and you cannot purchase a second home nor an investment property with a VA Loan.  On this article on FAQ On VA Loans, we will explain the VA Loan Process and define what a VA Loan is.

FAQ On VA Loans: Choosing VA Lenders

There are many mortgage lenders who constantly advertise that they offer VA Loans on television, cable, radio, internet, and even mailers. Many VA lenders who advertise have advertisement that can be misleading where many consumers think that the government is advertising. VA mortgage borrowers need to be careful and realize that the Department of Veteran Affairs does not approve or endorse any specific bank nor VA mortgage lenders and all of the mortgage lenders that advertise offering veterans VA Loans are private lenders who are competing with one another for the veteran’s business. Many advertisement will be offering free appraisal, no closing costs, lowest mortgage rates, and 21 day closings.  Many advertisers who are advertising for VA Loans are not even VA approved mortgage lenders but marketing companies or lead generation companies who want the veteran to contact them and will take the veteran’s information and sell that information to a mortgage lender who is interested in buying VA mortgage borrower leads. There are lists where marketing companies or mortgage companies can buy a list of veterans. When a veteran closes on a VA Loan or any other mortgage loan, the mortgage loan will become a public record and veterans who close on a VA Guaranteed Mortgage Loan will have that record recorded as a matter of public record. This is how marketing companies or mortgage companies will obtain your information and send you out mailer in order to get you to refinance your VA Loan. It is not the Department of Veteran Affairs who is releasing your information but these mailers are from private marketing companies and mortgage companies. Most of these mailers look like official documents sent out by the federal government but they are private marketing companies trying to get your VA Streamline Refinancing business.

Veterans thinking of getting a VA Home Loan or refinancing their current VA Loans should due their diligence and contact several mortgage lenders and talk to the loan officer and see what they have to offer and choose a VA mortgage lender who they feel most comfortable with. Family members, business associates, friends, and relatives may give you names and numbers of loan officers who had a positive experience with. You can do your own researching and Googling the loan officers name and check out their reputation and the number of negative and positive reviews they have on the internet. The internet can be an extremely powerful tool in doing your due diligence and a rogue loan officer will not last long in the mortgage business because consumers use the power of the internet to voice their dissatisfaction of their experiences. Several bad testimonials and reviews can ruin a career of any professional.

FAQ On VA Loans: Refinancing Your VA Loan

Homeowners refinance to reduce their monthly housing payments or to get a cash-refinance mortgage.  Homeowners refinance to reduce their monthly mortgage payment by getting a lower mortgage rate. In order to be allowed to refinance your current VA Loan, the homeowner needs a net tangible benefit where it benefits the homeowner by refinancing. The right hand rule of thumb is that most homeowners will benefit from refinancing their current VA Loan if they are offered at least a 1.0% reduction from their new mortgage rates. When refinancing, the homeowner should also go over the closing costs associated with refinancing their VA Loan, and whether or not the closing costs will be rolled into the balance of their VA Loan or what the savings will be if the homeowner pays the closing costs outside closing and when their break even period will be from refinancing their VA Loan. Make sure that your VA Loan Officer will explain how long your pay back period will be after your refinance your VA Loan. You need to decide on how long you plan on staying in your home prior to refinancing. If you are only planning in staying in your home a short term, it may not be wise to refinance your VA Loan. The break even period is important and that will be the deciding factor whether refinancing your current home loan offers a net tangible benefit to the homeowner.

VA, unlike other mortgage loan programs, offer 100% loan to value  on a VA Loan Cash-Out Refinance Mortgage. Real estate values throughout the United States are increasing and many folks who once had their mortgage loan balances higher than the value of their properties are no longer underwater and have seen growth in their home equity . Many veterans who had their VA Loans underwater can now consider getting some cash-out of their home equity and using that cash to pay off their bills, go on vacation, or do home improvement to their home.

FAQ On VA Loans: Requirements To Get A VA Loan

FAQ On VA Loans is how can a veteran become eligible for a VA Loan. A Veteran who has an honorable discharge from a branch of the United States Armed Services and has served a certain amount of time in the United States Military with a Certificate of Eligibility should qualify for a VA Loan. You VA mortgage loan officer will be able to help you in determining the entitlement you have on a VA Loan. If you log in to www.ebenifits.va.gov , you can sign up for access where you can request the Certificate of Eligibility that is entitle to you. The Department of Veteran Affairs will be notifying you in the even if there is an issue with the request because of you using your entitlements on a prior VA Loan.

FAQ On VA Loans: Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan

Homeowners with a current VA Home Loan can do an Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan, also called IRRL. It is a VA Streamline Loan which is commonly referred to as IRRL. A current homeowner with a VA Loan can do a rate and term refinance, or Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan, IRRL, with very little paperwork with no income documentation, with no appraisal, and no credit score check and no closing costs for a better interest rate VA Loan and close on it in less than 30 days.

When you first purchase a home with a VA Loan, you need to certify it that you will be an owner occupant. It is not against VA mortgage regulations to occupy your home with a VA Loan for the rest of your life. You can eventually rent out the home that you have your VA Loan and purchase another owner occupant property but not with a VA Loan. If you are doing a Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan, IRRRL or VA Streamline Refinance Mortgage, you do not have to be an owner occupant of the property. All you need to do is that you were an owner occupant on the subject property at one time.

The VA Streamline Refinance Mortgage Loan, IRRRL, cannot be higher than your current outstanding VA mortgage loan balance. Closing costs and the funding fee of your VA Loan can be rolled into the VA mortgage loan balance. Veterans are allowed to get up to $6,000 of energy efficient improvement funding rolled into the IRRRL VA Streamline Loan.

FAQ On VA Loans: Qualifying For VA Loan After Short Sale, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Deed In Lieu Of Foreclosure

Veterans who had a prior short sale on a VA Loan can qualify for a VA Loan after two years from the date of short sale. The waiting period after short sale to qualify for a VA Loan starts from the short sale date which is reflected from the HUD Settlement Statement. There is no waiting period to qualify for a VA Loan with a prior short sale if the veteran was timely on all of his or her mortgage payments up to the time of the short sale and the veteran did not do a short sale due to the real estate declining market conditions.

There is a two year waiting period to qualify for a VA Loan after a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy discharged date. There is a two year waiting period to qualify for a VA Loan after a foreclosure and deed in lieu of foreclosure. The two year waiting period after a foreclosure and/or deed in lieu of foreclosure waiting period start clock starts from the recorded date of the foreclosure and/or deed in lieu of foreclosure or the date of the sheriff’s sale and not the date that the homeowner has surrendered the property.

A veteran can get another VA mortgage loan if a prior VA mortgage loan has been paid in full. The veteran needs to file a request that the certificate of eligibility be reinstated by visiting  https://vip.vba.va.gov and registering for access and applying for a restoration of your VA Mortgage Loan Entitlement.

If you are a veteran and need to qualify for a VA Loan, please contact me at 262-716-8151 or email us at gcho@gustancho.com. We have no lender overlays on VA mortgage loans and are available to take your calls 7 days a week or answer your email and get you the answers you need.

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