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.
VA loans are designed for military personnel, veterans, and military families. The list of those who are eligible for this home-buying military benefit include:
- Active-duty personnel
- Reserve members
- National Guard members
- Some surviving spouses
You must also have suitable credit, sufficient income, and a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE).
Here’s a look at the complete list of benefits, as taken directly from the Veterans Affairs site:
- No down payment required (unless required by the lender or the purchase price is more than the VA loan limits)
- Negotiable and competitive interest rate.
- Ability to finance the VA funding fee (plus reduced funding fees with a down payment of at least 5 percent and exemption for veterans receiving VA compensation).
- VA rules limit the amount you can be charged for closing costs.
- Closing costs are comparable with other financing types (and may be lower).
- Closing costs may be paid by the seller.
- No private mortgage insurance premiums are required.
- An assumable mortgage.
- Right to prepay your mortgage without penalty.
- For homes inspected by VA during construction, a warranty from builder and assistance from VA to obtain cooperation of builder.
- VA assistance to veteran borrowers in default due to temporary financial difficulty