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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loan

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All About Department of Veterans AffThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loan program guarantees loans made to eligible Veterans, Servicemembers, Reservists, National Guard members and certain surviving spouses.

VA guarantees a percentage of the loan. This helps the Veteran obtain a no-down payment mortgage at a competitive interest rate that does not require private mortgage insurance. airs (VA) Home Loan

To obtain the most advantageous financing, VA encourages eligible Veterans, Servicemembers, Reservists, and National Guard members to meet with several lenders to determine the best mortgage terms to meet individual needs and circumstances.

Program Requirements

Persons who may qualify for VA-guaranteed loans include:

  • Veterans 
  • Reserve and National Guard members (called to active duty)
  • Active duty Servicemembers
  • Current Reserve and Guard members (after six years of creditable service)
  • Certain surviving spouses

Why might I want to get an IRRRL?

Often called a “streamline” refinance, an IRRRL may help you to: Lower your monthly mortgage payment by getting you a lower interest rate, or

Make your monthly payments more stable by moving from a loan with an adjustable or variable interest rate (an interest rate that changes over time) to one that’s fixed (the same interest rate over the life of the loan)

All About Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loan

On a no-down-payment loan, you can borrow up to the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac conforming loan limit in most areas—and more in some high-cost counties. You can borrow more than this amount if you want to make a down payment.

How do I get an IRRRL?

You’ll go through a private bank, mortgage company, or credit union—not directly through us—to get an IRRRL. Terms and fees may vary, so contact several lenders to check out your options.

Note: If you have a VA home loan be careful when considering home loan refinance offers. Claims that you can skip payments or get very low interest rates or other terms that sound too good to be true may be signs of a misleading offer.

Give your lender any needed information.

You may need to pay the VA funding fee. This one-time fee helps to lower the cost of the loan for U.S. taxpayers since the VA home loan program doesn’t require down payments or monthly mortgage insurance. Your lender will also charge interest on the loan in addition to closing fees.

Interest rate reduction refinance loan

If you have an existing VA-backed home loan and you want to reduce your monthly mortgage payments—or make your payments more stable—an interest rate reduction refinance loan (IRRRL) may be right for you. Refinancing lets you replace your current loan with a new one under different terms. Find out if you’re eligible—and how to apply.

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