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Monday, November 12, 2012

VA Loans on Veterans Day

VA loans are available to veterans, active duty personnel, certain reservists and national guard members, surviving spouses of persons who died on active duty or died as a result of service-connected disabilities, and certain spouses of active duty personnel who are missing in action, captured in line of duty by a hostile force or forcibly detained by a foreign government or power.

While VA loans are available through private lenders, the VA guaranties loan payments and thereby provides an incentive to lenders to make loans. The key advantages to a VA loan are as follows:

  • You can buy a home without a down payment - as long as the sales price doesn’t exceed the appraised value. (Of course, you have to qualify in terms of income and credit.)
  • You won’t need to buy private mortgage insurance.
  • VA rules limit the amount you can be charged for closing costs.
  • Closing costs may be paid by the seller. (You should keep this in mind when negotiating the sales price.)
  • The lender can’t charge you a penalty fee if you pay the loan off early.
  • VA may be able to provide you some assistance if you run into difficulty making payments.

  • To learn about eligibility FAQs, click here.

    Lets pay our respect to our veterans on this Veterans Day!!!