VA Home Loans

The VA Loan provides veterans with a federally guaranteed home loan which requires no down payment. This program was designed to provide housing and assistance for veterans and their families.

The Veterans Administration provides insurance to lenders in the case that you default on a loan. Because the mortgage is guaranteed, lenders will offer a lower interest rate and terms than a conventional home loan. VA home loans are available in all 50 states. A VA loan may also have reduced closing costs and no prepayment penalties.

Additionally there are services that may be offered to veterans in danger of defaulting on their loans. VA home loans are available to military personal that have either served 181 days during peacetime, 90 days during war, or a spouse of serviceman either killed or missing in action.

  • The Veteran Administration's Loan originated in 1944 through the Servicemen's Readjustment Act; also know as the GI Bill. It was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and was designed to provide Veterans with a federally-guaranteed home loan with no down payment. VA loans are made by private lenders like banks, savings & loans, and mortgage companies to eligible Veterans for homes to live in. The lender is protected against loss if the loan defaults. Depending on the program option, the loan may or may not default.

  • Wartime/Conflict Veterans

    Veterans who were NOT Dishonorably Discharged, and served at least 90 days

    World War II – September 16, 1940 to July 25, 1947

    Korean Conflict – June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955

    Vietnam Era – August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975

    Persian Gulf War - Check with the Veterans Administration Office

    Afghanistan & Iraq – Check with the Veterans Administration Office

    Veterans Administration website

    Peacetime Service

    At least 181 days of continuous active duty with no dishonorable discharge. If you were discharged earlier due to a service-related disability you should contact your Regional VA Office for eligibility verification.

    July 26, 1947 to June 26, 1950

    February 1, 1955 to August 4, 1964, or May 8, 1975 to September 7, 1980 (Enlisted), or to October 16, 1981 (Officer)

    Enlisted Veterans whose service began after September 7, 1980, or officers who service began after October 16, 1981, must have completed 24-months of continuous active duty and been honorably discharged

    Reserves and National Guard

    Certain U.S. Citizens who served in the Armed Forces of a government allied with the United States during World War II.

    Surviving spouse of an eligible Veteran who died resulting from service, and has not remarried.

    The spouse of an Armed Forces member who served Active Duty, and was listed as a POW or MIA for more than 90-days.

  • A VA home loan must be used to finance your personal residence within the United States and its territories. You have choices for the type of home you purchase:

    Existing Single-Family Home

    Townhouse or Condominium in a VA-Approved Project

    New Construction Residence

    Manufactured Home or Lot

    Home Refinances and Certain Types of Home Improvements

  • 100% Financing & No Down Payment Loans

    No Private Mortgage (PMI)

    No Penalties for Prepaying the Loan

    Competitive Interest Rates

    Qualification is Easier than a Conventional Loan

    Sellers Pay Some of the Closing Costs

    Can be combined with additional down payment assistance to reduce closing costs

  • You can apply for a VA Loan with any mortgage lender that participates in the program. In addition to the application requirements from your lender, you will need the following at application time:

    Certificate of Eligibility from the Veterans Administration by submitting a completed VA Form 26-1880.

    Proof of Military Service from a VA Eligibility Center

  • VA Loans made prior to March 1, 1988 can be assumed with no qualifying of the new buyer. If the buyer defaults the property the Veteran homeowner may be liable for the funds.

    Some sellers are hesitant to work with someone obtaining a VA Loan because it takes longer than a conventional loan to process.

    Sellers are often asked to pay a portion of closing costs and therefore less likely to negotiate the sales price of the home.



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