VA Loan Foreclosure Rules

Dependent upon who you talk to and on which day VA Loan Foreclosure rules may change and vary. However, one thing is absolutely certain. VA Loan Foreclosure rules require that a Veteran or Active Duty Service Member must usually wait a minimum of 2 years before they can purchase a home again. Having said that it’s important to understand that the VA Loan Foreclosure Rules are probably the most lenient in the industry. I took some time to put together the video below that reviews the VA Loan Foreclosure Rules and even goes into detail regarding VA Loan and Short Sales, Foreclosures, and Bankruptcy’s.

Enjoy!

When I think about how many Veterans that are out there that may have foreclosed on a VA Loan in the past I am sure they are probably thinking…”Gosh VA will never lend me any money again.” However, please understand that all is not lost. The fact is that there are a lot of Veterans out there that may have foreclosed on a VA Loan that have no idea that they could use their VA Loan benefits tomorrow. Here’s how it works.

First off, VA Loans require that the Veteran must wait the minimum 2 year waiting period when seeking new VA financing. Secondly, once the Veteran has waited the required time period he may obtain a new certificate of eligibly that will show us (the lender) how much of your VA Loan entitlement you have remaining. Once we determine the amount of entitlement you have left we will then calculate your new maximum VA Home Loan loan amount that that may be eligible for. From there it’s off and running and time to put your VA Loan to work.


What is the VA Funding Fee?

Any Veteran that ever uses a VA Home Loan will pay a VA Funding Fee. There are exceptions to this which we will cover shortly.

Simply stated, the VA Funding Fee is fee required to reduce the loan’s cost to taxpayers by making Veterans contribute towards the cost of using the his or her VA Home Loan benefit.

Typically the VA Loan Funding Fee is paid one of 3 ways…

  1. Financed into the loan
  2. Paid for out of pocket
  3. Paid by the seller

In my experience most Veterans have opted to finance the fee into their loan amount so they can avoid paying it out of pocket.

How Much is the VA Funding Fee?

VA Funding Fee

Let’s talk about how much this fee will cost you, the Veteran. For a first time user the VA Funding fee is typically 2.15% of the loan amount.

However, for a first time user that happens to be a Reservist or National Guard, the fee goes up slightly, to 2.4%.

Anybody that has used a VA Home Loan more than once is considered a subsequent user and is subjected to a higher fee. For these Veterans using a VA Home Loan for a second time or more are required to pay a 3.3% fee.

How to Reduce the VA Funding Fee

There are ways to reduce the VA Funding Fee or possibly not pay it at all.

To reduce the fee the Veteran has the option of putting anywhere from a 5%-10% down towards the purchase of their home.

  • With as little as 5% down, the fee will be reduced to 1.5%.
  • With 10% down the fee will be reduced to 1.25%.

As you can see the VA encourages Veterans to put money down towards the purchase of their home if they are able.

VA Funding Fee Waived for Disabled Veterans

For Disabled Veterans, meaning you are have a service connected disability from the VA, and are as little as 10% rated, your fee is waived.

Needless to say if you are a Veteran and have this benefit, it can literally save the you tens of thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.

Keep in mind you must prove this to your lender in order for it to be waived. To do so, simply provide a copy of your VA service connected disability paperwork to the company originating your VA Home Loan to get the fee waived.

Fore more information about the VA Funding Fee and your VA Home Loan please click on the link below and fill out an application and we can follow up with you shortly thereafter.

https://www.valoansforvets.com/apply/

Semper Fidelis,
Jimmy Vercellino


Why VA Home Loans Matter in Arizona

Here in Arizona there are over 500,000 Veterans living among us right now. Kind of a big deal right? The reason why I say this is because I know how many Veterans that are out there that don’t know the full description of their VA Home Loan benefit and how it works. I am also reminded of how many of our nations finest men and women that are still serving and deployed overseas that will eventually exit from their branch of service and join the ranks of the civilian sector. Keep in mind that this is a number that I believe will continue to increase due to the ending of military operations in places like Afghanistan. Which leads me to my next question…Are Veterans prepared to purchase a home and use their VA Home Loan Benefits when returning from the military or at any other point in their lives?

VA Home Loans are so unique. In reality there is really no other type of home loan out there that exist that allows a Veteran to purchase a home up to $417,000 with no down payment (and in some cases higher). Furthermore, Veterans must also understand that in order to use your VA Home Loan Benefit you do not need to have a 800 Fico score as much of the media may lead you to believe. With VA Home Loans, most lenders require a 620 credit score allowing Veterans with less than perfect credit to purchase homes. Lastly, the VA Home Loan allows Veterans to purchase a home with limited closing cost, saving the Veteran in some cases as much as $1,500 in closing cost.

So why do VA Home Loans matter? Simple, because they are the bridge between Veterans and home ownership! In closing, I am often times asked the question… “Jimmy is there ever a time when a Veteran should not consider a VA Home Loan?” No. I say this because in most circumstances that I see on a daily basis the VA Home Loan is just as competitive as a Conventional home loan and certainly more competitive than a FHA Home Loan.

To apply for a VA Home Loan please click on the link below.

https://www.valoansforvets.com/apply/

Thank you and may God bless you for your service to our great country.

With gratitude,
Jimmy Vercellino