As an active member of the military, a veteran, or a surviving spouse, you may benefit from a VA loan, which can make buying a home more affordable. With a hassle-free qualifying process, a VA loan provides favorable terms and conditions. We can help you make the most of your mortgage with the benefits you’ve earned.
Benefits of a VA Purchase Loan
River City Mortgage can help you decide what loan will make your home most affordable. The VA loan program is backed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, providing those who are eligible with simpler qualification requirements and flexible financing options.
Get Approved for a VA Loan
- Relaxed qualifying standards
- Option for no down payment
- Option for no closing costs
- Help available for getting Certificate of Eligibility
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How It Works
With a VA loan, you have similar choices as you would with a conventional or FHA mortgage. However, there are additional benefits that make a VA loan one of the best available home financing programs.
With VA, conventional, and FHA loans, you can choose a 30-year, 20-year, or 15-year term length with a fixed-rate.
The unique benefits of a VA loan come with the more lenient requirements that are backed by the VA. This makes it easier for those who are eligible to qualify for and afford a mortgage.
To qualify you’ll need the following:
- A Certificate of Eligibility
- Proof of consistent residual monthly income remaining after major debts and obligations are paid
- Debt-to-income ratio at or below 60% as qualified through automated underwriting
- Payment of the VA funding fee, unless you meet certain exceptions
- For the home you’re purchasing to be your primary residence
- For the home to meet minimum property standards
VA loans do require that home buyers pay a VA funding fee, which ensures the program is financially sustainable for all eligible veterans, unless you are exempt from paying the fee.
Is a VA Loan Right for You?
These answers to home buyer’s commonly asked questions may help guide you. To take the next step, our loan officers can help you choose the most affordable loan for your home.
Am I eligible for a VA Loan?
VA loan eligibility is service-based. Some contributing factors taken into consideration include:
- Your service status, e.g., active duty, separation
- Your years of service, and
- Your service record
The VA provides detailed eligibility guidelines outlining who qualifies for veteran’s benefits. You may meet eligibility requirements if you are:
- A current active duty military service member,
- A military veteran, or
- The spouse (including surviving spouse) of a service member
Eligibility is proven through a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It’s not required to apply for a loan but will be needed before approval. We can help you apply for a CoE or you can apply for it directly through the VA’s benefits portal online or by mail.
How much does the VA funding fee cost?
The amount of the one-time VA funding fee varies depending on your situation, such as your down payment amount and whether this is your first VA loan. For a VA purchase loan, the fee can range between 1.4% to 3.6% of your loan’s value. If you choose to later refinance your VA mortgage, the VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan has a fee of only 0.5%.
There are exceptions to paying the funding fee, including Purple Heart recipients, certain surviving spouses of veterans, and veterans with service-related disabilities. It can also be paid upfront or rolled into your loan to be paid over time.
Can I use VA benefits to purchase a home more than once?
You’ve earned these VA mortgage benefits and they are available to you as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. You may qualify for a VA loan for your first home purchase and may then qualify again for each home you buy in the future.
You can even use your CoE to qualify for two VA mortgage loans at one time. Your full eligibility is completely restored after a VA loan is paid off or sold.
There are also convenient and affordable options to refinance a current VA loan to help make your home expenses more affordable by getting a lower interest rate or adjusting mortgage terms.
What are the minimum property standards a home must meet for a VA loan?
The VA sets minimum property standards that each home must meet to ensure that the property is a good investment for the home buyer, the lender, and the VA. To determine if a home meets these standards, an inspection will be required.
These standards ensure that the home is safe, structurally sound, and sanitary
Factors considered could include the condition of a house’s roof, electrical, and heating, for example, but do not include cosmetic features.
Is there a maximum amount I can borrow with a VA loan?
The VA does not have a specified loan limit. At River City, you can borrow as much as you can otherwise qualify to purchase. If you would prefer the option for no down payment, the maximum loan amount for 100% in most areas is up to $548,250. You could potentially borrow more with no money down in a higher-cost area.