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.
All but 2 months ago here in Arizona we thought the AZ VA Streamline Refinance was gone forever, a victim to the ever increasing interest rate climate over the last few months . But the funny part about the mortgage industry is that just when we think we have it figured out it throws us another curve ball. I say this because over the past couple of weeks we have seen a large decrease in VA Streamline Refinance rates putting Arizona Veterans and Active Duty Military homeowners back into play who may have missed out on the last refinance boom affording them the opportunity to possibly save hundreds of dollars a month and even thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.
The AZ VA Home Loan Streamline Refinance is probably one of the most unique loans that are available for Veterans and Active Duty Military. With no appraisal needed (saving you $450), along with no income documents (Pay Stubs, W-2’s, Tax Returns), or even bank statements required, this loan is a walk in the park. Here is how I explain the AZ VA Home Loan Streamline Refinance process to my Veteran and Active Duty Military clients here in Arizona… “We simply shuffle some paperwork and roughly 20 days later close your loan with zero out of pocket expenses.” Okay, so there is more to it than that, but you get the point right? However what I mentioned was true. The VA Streamline Refinance allows you to roll all of the costs into the home loan essentially allowing you to close escrow and not bring one dollar to the closing table.
If your current VA interest rate is at 5% or higher, the AZ VA Home Loan Streamline Refinance may be right for you. For a free VA Streamline Refinance quote and analysis feel free to give us a call directly at 602-908-5849.
Please know that we are here to serve you with all of your VA Streamline Refinance needs.
MORE THAN 1 AZ VA HOME LOAN AT A TIME-
Many veterans in Arizona and that nation have no idea they are actually able to use more than one AZ VA Home Loan at a time. Yes, it’s true! A Veteran may actually have more than one home loan at a time. How can this be, you ask? It’s called VA Bonus Entitlement. Simply stated, as long as you have sufficient VA Entitlement for the AZ VA Home Loan, you can have more than one at a time. There are a lot of Veterans out there today that would love to be able to purchase a new home – in a more desirable location, better school district, with more square footage – who have no idea that they really can. Let’s take a look at an example below.
A Veteran buys a home with his or her AZ VA home Loan in 2006 for $150,000 and would love to take advantage of the market that we are in today. Our Veteran can actually rent out their current home and use that rental income to offset that mortgage payment up to 75% . Most mortgage products will require you to have 25% equity in the home or you must have rented out that property for two years to do this, but not with a VA Home Loan. Our Veteran now has the ability to go out and shop for a new home with their VA Home Loan from $144,000 up to $267,000 with NO down payment! As a Veteran, you must have sufficient VA Entitlement available and the home being purchased must be owner-occupied. [This summary is based on a $350,000 loan amount, loan term of 360 months and an interest rate of 4.5%.]
Are you interested in seeing if the VA Bonus Entitlement is something that you are eligible for? Give me a call – I speak your language and I know what it means to serve.
AZ VA HOME LOAN MYTHS-
For as long as I have been serving Veterans with their AZ VA Home Loan Benefits I have heard a number of misconceptions as it relates to our VA Home Loan Benefits. These misconceptions, or shall we say myths, can have a negative impact on us for obvious reasons. For example a Veteran may opt to go with a more expensive mortgage product like a FHA Home Loan which can end up being significantly more expensive over time. So back to the myths. What are they? Let’s take a look at the top 5 VA loan myths that heard throughout my career as a Mortgage Banker Specializing in VA Home Loans.
AZ VA Home Loan MYTH # 1. VA Home Loans take too long to close.
Not true. Many lenders quote 45-60 days to close a AZ VA Home Loan. However, just because it may take that particular lending institution 45-60 days to close does not mean that is how long it takes to close a VA Home Loan. The VA Home Loans that we close at PrimeLending typically take no more than 30 days.
AZ VA Home Loan MYTH # 2. VA Appraisal Process is much more difficult.
Again, not true. The reality is I would not be in business if this were the case as90% of the Home Loans that I originate are VA. VA Home Loans have multiple steps in place to protect the Veteran from overpaying for the home.
AZ VA Home MYTH # 3. VA Home Loan qualifying is much more difficult.
The VA Home Loan is the most unique home loan that exist and one of the things that I love about it is that VA has applied common sense lending practices to serve Veterans. However, it’s entirely untrue to say that it’s more difficult. The truth is that in some ways they make it much easier for a Veteran to obtain financing take for example the no down payment option.
AZ VA Home Loan MYTH # 4. You can only have 1 VA Home Loan at a time.
False. A Veteran can actually have more than 1 VA Home Loan at a time as long as they have sufficient entitlement. This allows Veterans to seek financing for another home in a more desirable location while maintaining the property they are vacating that currently has a VA Home Loan on it.
AZ VA Home Loan MYTH # 5. A Veteran can only use their VA Home Loan once.
I have heard this from a lot of Veterans that served during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. However, it’s not true. A Veteran may use his VA Home Loan as many times as they would like as long as they have sufficient entitlement.
So there you have it, the top 5 VA Home Loan myths. My hope is that you learned something about your VA Home Loan benefit after reading this. Of course, if you have any questions you may contact me me directly at my office at 480-538-4980 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
AZ VA HOME LOANS –
Many Veterans when searching for an Arizona VA Home Loan rarely stop and ask if the company in which they are seeking financing specializes in Arizona VA Home Loans. This is not a question that typically comes to mind when applying for a loan, however I can assure you it’s one that it should. The reality is that there are a lot of lending institutions that may be able to originate a VA Home Loan, but it does not automatically mean that they know exactly what they are doing. I see this time and time again when Veterans come to me frustrated, and feeling defeated because the lender in which they started with seems rather lost and unfamiliar with the process creating feelings of uneasiness and anxiety.
When explaining why Veterans should use a Mortgage Banker that specializes in Arizona VA Home Loans, I often times use this analogy. The United States Marine Corps is famous for every Marine being a basic rifleman. However, within the Marine Corps there are certain specialities that exist. For example you have Infantry Rifleman who trains daily for the front lines of combat, and on the other hand, you may have a Marine who’s job is to work on the electronics of an aircraft. I think it’s safe to say that you would not want the Infantry Marine working on the aircraft, and the Aircraft Marine shooting highly technical weaponry. Why is this? Each Marine has been trained in their own area of expertise and may not be 100% familiar with how each others job works. Keep in mind they are both Marines yet have 2 totally different jobs. That’s kind of like how the Mortgage industry is. Just because somebody is a Mortgage Banker or Broker does not automatically make that person qualified to originate your VA Home Loan.
You deserve somebody who specializes in Arizona VA Home Loans. Somebody who understands your sacrifice, somebody who speaks your language and knows what it means to serve. Arizona VA Home Loans are unique to any other type of home financing loan that exist today, and you need to be working with somebody that originates VA Home Loans exclusively. So if you are in the market to purchase a home, I would be honored to serve you! Helping Veterans is my passion and purpose! So please call me, I speak your language and I know what it means to serve 480-538-4980.
THE AZ VA HOME LOAN JUMBO-
Many veterans do not understand all of the benefits that exist when it comes to their Arizona VA Jumbo Home Loan. Truth be told, many lenders don’t either… so if lenders are confused, how then do we expect our veterans to know. Sadly, many don’t. This statement cannot hold more truth when it comes to the Arizona VA Jumbo Home Loan. The Arizona VA Home Jumbo Loan is probably one of the most competitive, if not the most competitive Jumbo loan products that exist on the market today. Most Jumbo loans that are available today require down payments of 20% or higher. However with the Arizona VA Jumbo Home Loan this is not the case. Let’s take a look at an example.
Purchase Price: $750,000 VA Down Payment Requirement: $83,250 That’s a down payment of around 11%* . You might be wondering how I came up with that down payment amount? It’s quite simple really. VA Max Guarantee for Maricopa County is $104,250. Both lender and VA require that the loan be guaranteed by 25%. In this case the $104,250 (VA Guarantee) + $83,250 (Veterans Down Payment) = 25% of $750,000 thus giving you an insured VA Jumbo Home Loan. I can assure you that you will not find a lower down payment out there when it comes to a non-VA Jumbo Home Loan. So if you are in the market for your dream home and never considered using your VA Jumbo Home Loan, it’s time to reconsider. Feel free to call or email to see if this product is the right fit for you. *This summary is based on a $666,750 loan amount, on a loan term of 360 months, with an interest rate of 4.25% and an annual percentage rate of 4.250%.
To see if you are qualified for your Arizona VA Jumbo Home Loan call me today at 480-538-4980!
THE 2 DOCUMENTS YOU MUST HAVE ON AN AZ VA HOME LOAN
Many Veterans know that serving honorably in the military offers benefits of different varieties. However, what a lot of veterans do not know is how to take advantage of them, or even where to start. The VA Home Loan is no exception to this. So if a veteran is interested in obtaining a VA Home Loan, where exactly do they start? The first order of business that you need to do is get a copy of your DD-214 ( discharge paperwork) or a statement of service if active duty. This document is absolutely critical to have. Simply stated if you don’t have your DD-214 or statement of service you will not be able to obtain a VA Home Loan, reason being, it tells the lender that you were honorably discharged or have served the required amount of time to be eligible for your VA Home Loan benefits.
Now that we have the DD-214 we need to take care of our next order of business and that is our COE (Certificate of Eligibility). This particular document creates much confusion for veterans because they don’t know where to obtain it. The COE is a document that is generated from the VA which states that you are eligible, not prequalified, for the VA loan. To ensure that you are in fact prequalified to use your VA Home loan you must speak with a VA lender to ensure that you meet the credit, and income requirements. Now in order to obtain this document you can contact the VA directly, or you can obtain from a VA direct endorsed lender (somebody like myself) which can be obtained in a matter of minutes.
Lastly, please keep in mind you must have these 2 documents. If you don’t simply stated you will not be able to obtain your VA Home Loan. For more information regarding your VA Home Loan benefits you may call me direct at 480-538-4980.
Thank you and May God bless you for your service to our great country.
When speaking to a Veteran for the first time who is inquiring about a VA Mortgage in Arizona one of the first things we do is send them out a needs list of all of the required documentation that will be needed in order to submit, and fully approve their, AZ VA Home Loan.
Below is a list of items that are required. Keep in mind each scenario is different and could require more, or at times even less when applying for an AZ VA Home Loan.
Last 30 Days paycheck stubs for all borrowers (if applicable) Last 2 years W-2′s for all borrowers (if applicable) Last 2 years tax returns for all borrowers. Including all forms Last 2 months bank statements (savings and checking) Copy of Divorce decree, including all pages (if applicable) Copy of Drivers License for all borrowers Copy of all Pension Statements, “Award” Letter, etc. (if applicable) Copy of Social Security Annual “Award” Letter, Statement, etc. (if applicable) Copy of DD-214 Copy of Certificate of Eligibility (if obtained)
Again keep in mind their could be more or less depending on how your AZ VA Home Loan application looks on our end. Rest assured we will let you know just as soon as we review your application as to what additional information will be needed if any at all.
To apply you can log onto www.VALoansForVets.com and click on the ‘apply’ link located in the top left corner of the site.
Many Veterans have no idea how thier How VA Home Loans work and if I am being honest for the longest time I had no idea either. The information posted in this video will help the Veteran as well as the Active Duty Service Member better understand how their VA Home Loan works. Few people understand that the VA does not lend the money on a VA Home Loan the actual bank, or lender does. The VA’s role is simply to insure or guarantee the VA Home Loan allowing the Veteran to purchase a home for as $417,000 in most counties and higher is some across the nation. So let’s take a look at that a little bit more more in detail. If the Veteran were to purchase a $417,000 home with his VA Home Loan that VA would guarantee or insure $104,250 of the loan. This is why lenders like VA Home Loans because it reduces the risk associated with the loan for the bank on VA Home Loans.
Now that we understand that in order for Veterans to use VA Home Loans they must have a copy of their certificate of eligibility. However, just because they have a copy of their certificate of eligibility it does not mean that their VA Home Loan is ready to be used.
Today I will be taking some time to attend an appreciation lunch put on by Hospice of the Valley (HOV) for volunteers for their Veterans Salutes Program. I was introduced to this program about 2 years ago or so through the Arizona Veterans Chamber of Commerce. Being a part of such an amazing experience is probably one of the most special things I have ever had the chance to participate in throughout my life. Designed to spend time with Veterans in their final hours, the Salutes program allows Veterans to be honored for their service to our great country by fellow Veterans. Naturally this is a great fit simply because the Veteran is able to relate to his fellow Vet having served himself. Throughout my experience with this program I have been truly blessed and touched to spend time with some such amazing men who served in WWII and Vietnam.
The Veteran Volunteers role during the ceremony is to try simply listen, ask questions about the about the Veterans service, and lastly honor them by pinning the with a HOV pin and giving them a their branch of service flag coupled with American flag. Once this has taken place there is one last order of business to conduct…the salute of the Veteran. Standing before the Veteran and the foot of his bed we will say the following… “Fellow Veteran on behalf of Veterans across the nation, and Hospice of the Valley we would like to thank you, and honor you for your service to our great country, thank you and may God bless you sir.”
I have laughed with Veteran patients, cried with families, and hugged their loved ones. By far one of the most rewarding things I have ever had the chance to be a part of in my life.
Hospice of the Valley is looking for more veterans and volunteers for this wonderful program so if this is something you are interested in you may contact me for more details at 480-538-4980.
Thank you, and may God bless you for our service to our great country.
Over the years there has been a lot of misinformation as it relates to VA Mortgages. A stigma that has managed to attach itself to Veterans and VA Mortgages is that the borrower (the Veteran or Active Duty Service Member) is somehow less qualified because they are using their VA Home Loan Benefit. The reality is that this could not be further from the truth. According to a Press Release published by the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs “Home loans guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs continue to have the lowest serious delinquency and foreclosure rates in the mortgage industry. Veterans have also taken advantage of their home loan benefit in record numbers, as VA loan originations reached their highest total in eight years.”
The Press Release goes on to state that “According to the Mortgage Bankers Association National Delinquency Survey, VA’s foreclosure rate for the last 14 quarters and serious delinquency rate for the last 11 quarters have been the lowest of all measured loan types, even prime loans.”
Thats some pretty powerful information wouldn’t you say? VA Mortgages have performed, meaning VA borrowers by enlarge continue to make their monthly VA Mortgage payments on time more than any other type of home loan on the market today be it Conventional or FHA. My personal feeling is that this is a direct reflection of the integrity of our great men and women who serve and have served our country.
Having said said, it’s important to understand that your VA Mortgage is one of the best product options available to our nations finest who have so honorably defended this great nation. So if you are in the market to purchase a home and have not considered using your VA Home Loan, it’s time to reconsider. The VA Mortgage has been, and will continue to be one of the very best home loan options available on the market.
If you have questions about your VA Home Loan and VA Mortgages in general, feel free to give us a call at 480-538-4980 or email me at email@example.com
Thank you and may God bless you for your service to our great country.
All but 2 months ago here in Arizona we thought the VA Streamline Refinance was gone forever, a victim to the ever increasing interest rate climate over the last few months . But the funny part about the mortgage industry is that just when we think we have it figured out it throws us another curve ball. I say this because over the past couple of weeks we have seen a large decrease in VA Streamline Refinance rates putting Arizona Veterans and Active Duty Military homeowners back into play who may have missed out on the last refinance boom affording them the opportunity to possibly save hundreds of dollars a month and even thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.
The VA Streamline Refinance is probably one of the most unique loans that are available for Veterans and Active Duty Military. With no appraisal needed (saving you $450), along with no income documents (Pay Stubs, W-2’s, Tax Returns), or even bank statements required, this loan is a walk in the park. Here is how I explain the VA Streamline Refinance process to my Veteran and Active Duty Military clients here in Arizona… “We simply shuffle some paperwork and roughly 20 days later close your loan with zero out of pocket expenses.” Okay, so there is more to it than that, but you get the point right? However what I mentioned was true. The VA Streamline Refinance allows you to roll all of the costs into the home loan essentially allowing you to close escrow and not bring one dollar to the closing table.
If your current VA interest rate is at 5% or higher, the VA Streamline Refinance may be right for you. For a free VA Streamline Refinance quote and analysis feel free to give us a call directly at 480-538-4980.
Please know that we are here to serve you with all of your VA Streamline Refinance needs.
Thank you and may God bless you for your service to our great country!
Sometimes people encounter difficulty when shopping for a new home and using a VA Loan. However please understand that is does not have to be. The video below is something that I put together for Veterans, Active Duty and Real Estate Agents that designed to increase the likelihood that there next VA Loan Offer is accepted on the home of their dreams.
4 Ways to get a VA Loan Offer Accepted
I wanted to take a moment to share with you 4 things that you can do to increase the chances that your next VA Loan offer gets accepted when you are writing an offer on a home.
#1 Make sure that you are working with a VA Loan Specialist.
#2 Make sure your VA Loan Specialist contacts the listing agent to introduce themselves, brag about you (the buyer) and of course speak intelligently about the VA Home Loan process.
#3 Make sure that your VA Loan specialist provides a copy of the DU or LP findings showing that you have an automated approval. This will make you stand out in a crowd. Attention to detail.
#4 Write a cover letter. Introduce yourself, tell them about your service. Tug at their heartstrings a little bit. Veterans should get preferential treatment.
Doing these 4 things on any offer, not just VA Loans can really increase the chances that your next offer is accepted on your property.
The VA Appraisers are more conservative than other conventional appraisers!
The VA will nit-pick the condition of the property!
These Claims are NOT True!
Throughout the last 8 years serving Veterans and Active Duty Military with all of their VA Home Financing needs I continue to encounter one reoccurring claim within the real estate community that still lingers and has a real impact on Veterans and Active Duty Military. That claim is that the VA Appraisal process is terrible.
Claims such as those listed above are what I hear pretty much on a daily basis, often times proving to have detrimental impact on the Veteran or Service Members and their families, who may ultimately be passed up by a seller afraid to accepting their offer.
Here are the Facts
Please, please, please, understand that if claims such as these were true I would probably be out of a job due to the fact that the overwhelming majority of my clients I serve are Veterans and Active Duty Military!
The VA Appraisal process takes no more than 7-10 business days and sometimes sooner.
The VA Appraisal Process uses the exact same market comparable properties just as any other appraiser would.
VA Appraisers ensure that the property is safe, and that no real safety hazards exist.
Having said that, my experience has been that those that make such claims do not fully understand the VA Appraisal process and what it is designed to do.
What the VA Loan Process is DESIGNED TO DO
First off, the VA Appraisal process is designed to protect the Veteran, ensuring that they do not overpay for a property, and in the event that they are, give them an opportunity to legally withdraw of the transaction with no recourse (sounds like a good deal to me). The VA Appraisal process is unlike any other appraisal process that exists which makes it (in my opinion) extremely advantageous for the Veteran and Active Duty Service Members.
Let’s take a look at how it works.
First off, understand that the VA Appraiser that goes out to inspect the home does not work for the VA. The VA Appraiser is an independent contractor, licensed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, who will perform the task of appraising the property to ensure that the home meets the contracted sales price, as well as confirm that the property is safe, sanitary, and secure.
Once the VA Appraiser has inspected the property he or she will then upload that VA Appraisal to the VA Website commonly referred to as the VA Portal. Once this takes place your lender will then be able to go in and retrieve a copy of your VA Appraisal once the Senior Appraisal Reviewer (SAR) issues what is called the Notice of Value (NOV). If you have made it this far that means your property has appraised with no value issues.
Let’s take it a step further… Let’s say the VA Appraiser goes out to inspect the property and is having trouble meeting the contracted sales price. The VA Appraiser will then issue what is called a Tidewater Notice. The Tidewater Notice is designed to notify all parties involved in the transaction that they are having difficulty coming up with the contracted value on the home from their research.From here the Veteran or Service Member has options.
— If they feel the property should meet the agreed upon purchase price they can notify their Realtor to provide additional comparable properties that justify the value of the home.
— Or, if they choose, they can also tell their Agent to instruct the VA Appraiser to issue the appraisal at the value VA Appraiser had before reviewing the additional comps.
Here is What I Like About the VA Appraisal Process
The Veteran has options on the VA Appraisal process. In the competitive market that we are in today it’s not uncommon for sellers to aggressively price their homes. Sellers should understand that the VA Appraisal process is the only type of appraisal that will allow them to make a case for the value of their property. FHA and Conventional home loans simply issue value, and more often than not call it a day.
Bringing us home (pardon the pun), I am sure that there has been some bad apple appraisers out there in the past that have brought some negative PR to the VA Appraisal process. But honestly, it is not anywhere near as bad as many paint it out to be. The reality is that the majority of Veterans and Service Members that buy their home with a VA Home Loan have no issues at all.
Dare I say that if I were a seller I would encourage a VA Home Loan for the reasons listed above? Not to mention, the VA Appraisal process does not make you order 2 appraisals like FHA loans when purchasing a property that as been owned less than 90 days by the seller.
If you feel like you are not being explained the VA Appraisal process like you should…That’s what we are here for, to serve YOU!
Please call us at 480-351-5904 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for all of your VA Appraisal process questions.
Most of all, thank you for your service to our great country.