2018 VA Loan Limits in Arizona

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Big news for 2018 VA Loan Limits in Arizona. They have gone up, yet again! 2018 Arizona VA Loan Limits for Maricopa County have increased from $424,100 (2017) up to $453,100 with no money down. This mean Veterans and Active Duty Military can finance more with no additional money out of pocket. Our VA Home Loan Benefit is the only 100% financing with no money down and no private mortgage insurance home loan available on the marketplace. This increase makes the VA loan one of the most competitive loans available for Veterans today.

Did you know that the VA does not actually have a maximum VA Loan limit? They just have a maximum loan amount with no money down. The VA will allow us as Veterans to finance more than $453,100 by putting down 25% of the difference between the purchase price and the 2018 Arizona VA Loan Limits of $453,100. This is an incredible opportunity for Veterans seeking financing above the $453,100 threshold with no money down.

2018 VA Loan Limits do not just apply to purchasing a home. The good news is that if a Veteran would like to use the VA Loan for the purpose of a refinance, they too are eligible for the increased loan limits as well.

Can I Finance 2 Homes Using VA Loans?

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Finance 2 Homes Using VA Loans?

Can I Finance 2 Homes with VA LoansOne of the ultimate sacrifices that someone can make is risking their life by volunteering in the US Armed Forces.

One of the benefits of being a member of the military, or being a former member, is being able to take advantage of mortgages provided by the Veteran’s Association. VA home loans come with affordable interest rates and typically have lower requirements when it comes to down payment, credit scores, and income levels.

While VA home loans are great financing options, they are generally intended to be used for primary residences only. In no situation is it permitted to use a VA mortgage to buy an investment property or vacation home.

Because of this, it can be difficult to use a VA home loan to finance 2 homes. However, there are some situations when it may be possible to have more than one VA home loan out at one time.

Need for Two Personal Residences

The VA mortgage benefit is available to active members, military veterans, and spouses. In some situations, an active member of the military may need to have a home near an assignment of duty. At the same time, the spouse and rest of the family may need to stay in another area of the country.

In these situations, the VA may approve the family for two different VA home loans. However, this will typically require a special waiver and approval from the VA and the mortgage lender that will be servicing the loan.

Selling a Home

Another situation when you may be able to qualify for a second VA home loan and finance 2 homes is if you are looking to sell one of the underlying properties, but need to purchase another home first.

In some situations, you may need to move into a new home, but will have to keep your old home for awhile.. This can be due to either economic factors, home improvements at the new home, or temporarily living in a different home from a spouse. Like other situations, this case will require special approval and waivers from both the VA and the mortgage servicer.

While there are some situations in which you will be able to qualify to finance 2 homes at once, there are other requirements that can make this more challenging.

One of the challenges of being approved for both loans at once is that you will need to meet the income requirements necessary to pay both loans. When approving a new loan, the VA will do analysis of your global cash flow and loan payment requirements. Based on this, they will want to ensure that you make enough money to pay for both mortgages. Due to income requirements, this can make it hard to qualify for both loans at once.

Another reason why many people do not qualify for both loans is due to down payment requirements. While most VA home loans do not have large down payment requirements, those that would like to buy another property with a VA home loan can be required to have a larger down payment. In some cases, they may require up to 20% down.



VA Loan Process

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I am very blessed and fortunate to be able to serve Veterans and Active Duty Service-members across this great nation with all of their VA Home Loan Financing needs. One general question that appears to pop up more often than not is simply this… “Jimmy, how does the VA Loan Process work?” So since I am asked that question so often I thought it would be a good idea to take some time to explain how the VA Loan Process works.

First the Veteran or Active Duty Service-member must understand that in order for us to use our VA Loan there are certain steps that we need to take. To get VA Loan Process started and going the Veteran must request a copy of their Certificate of Eligibility. Now remember Veterans that just because we have this form does not mean that we are able to use our VA Loan Benefits yet. We still must get prequalified by a lender to ensure we meet their guidelines…Which leads me to the second step – getting prequalified for your VA Loan. Once we get prequalified Veterans now we can get in contact with a Real Estate Agent and begin looking for homes in our price range that we have been pre-approved for.

Now remember warriors that The VA Loan Process can be complex. Once you go under contract either you or your Real Estate Agent will need to send a copy to your VA Loan Lender and allow them to order the appraisal. The Appraisal on a VA Loan should take 7-10 business days to get back. Once we have that info your VA Loan will be submitted to underwriting for approval. Once your approval issued the VA Loan Process is almost done. It’s time to order loan docs and have them sent to the Escrow Company for you to sign and finalize loan docs. So that’s it…a quick down and dirty regarding the VA Loan Process.

For more questions relating to VA Loans and The VA Loan Process in particular feel free to roger up with me at the contact information below.



VA Loans in Tucson AZ

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VA Loans in Tucson AZ are becoming increasingly more popular. According to the US Census Bureau there are over 40,000 Veterans living in the city. Also keep in mind that Tucson is home to one of the largest Air Force Bases in our country (Davis Monthan Air Force Base) providing the city with a rich military feel on top of it’s already great history.

One of the things that I am seeing more of is Veterans and Active Duty Service-Members using and seeking information on how their VA Home Loan Benefits work. For Pima county and VA Loans in Tucson AZ the maximum loan amount for a VA Loan is $417,000 with now down payment. Veterans looking to purchase a home above $417,000 may do so by fulfilling the remaining guarantee on the loan (contact us for more details). To qualify for a VA Loan the Veteran must have at least a 600 credit score (keep in mind this score may change from lender to lender). The Veteran must also provide income and asset documentation allowing the lender to calculate a debt-to-income ratio. The max debt-to-income ratio will vary dependent upon the overall VA Loan package.

VA Loans also come in all different shapes and sizes. A Veteran may obtain a 30,25,20,15 Year Fixed Rate VA Mortgage. The Veteran may also look at obtaining a 5 Year Adjustable Rate Mortgage with their VA Loan- commonly referred to as a VA Hybrid. Keep in mind that when Veterans are looking to obtain VA Loans in Tucson AZ they will want to pick the right Mortgage Lender. Most Lenders do not specialize in VA Loans and are unfamiliar with the details possibly making the loan experience more difficult than it needs to be.

Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members seeking to apply for a VA Loan in Tucson AZ can simply click on the following link www.VALoansForVets.com/Apply and either myself or a member of my team will contact you the same business day, or if it’s after hours, the next.

Jimmy Vercellino is a Marine Corps Veteran and Mortgage Originator Specializing in VA Loans. Jimmy’s mortgage practice serves Veterans with VA Loans in Tucson AZ as well as Phoenix. His Mission is simple: To provide and assist all Veterans and Active Duty Service Members with all of their VA Home Loan financing needs.

PCS Orders to Luke AFB

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For Active Duty Military PCS orders are a part of life. Once PCS Orders to Luke AFB are received Airmen and their families are faced with many difficult decisions. With so many moving parts it often times can be a tough choice when deciding if it’s better to live on base, rent, or buy a home in the civilian sector. If you have received PCS Orders to Luke AFB you may be asking those questions right now. That said understand that you have choices. The Luke AFB community offers many great options for Airmen and their families when moving to Arizona. If you have given any thought about purchasing a home but are intimidated by the process please understand that it is not as hard as many say it is.

First off understand that living on base while it may be convenient can have a waiting list and leave you with no decision other than to move out into the civilian sector. Secondly, a question that you need to ask yourself if this. How long will you be stationed at Luke AFB? If you will be stationed at Luke AFB for more than 2 years (and in some cases shorter) it may make sense for you to purchase a home. As you are aware if you live on base Uncle Sam pockets your full BAH where as if you rent or own in the civilian sector you get to keep the difference between your rent or mortgage payment.

Lastly, if you are debating between renting and purchasing understand that often times you can own a home for just as much, if not less, than what you could rent a home for in the Luke AFB area. Furthermore receiving PCS Orders to LUke AFB as an Active Duty Military Service Member you are entitled to home purchasing benefits that civilians could only dream of. With the VA Home Loan an Active Duty Service Member may be able to purchase a home with no down payment and limited closing cost. In some cases I have personally assisted Airmen with purchasing a home and literally not paying $1.00 out of pocket to do so.

So if you have received PCS Orders to Luke AFB then and you are interested in purchasing a home and would like to find out how much you qualify for we would love the opportunity to give you a free pre-qualification and discuss your budget with you to see if purchasing a home is right for you and your family.

To apply for you VA Home Loan and see how much you simply click on the link below and apply and somebody from our team will follow up with you in less than 24 hours.


Why VA Home Loans Matter in Arizona

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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.


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

With gratitude,
Jimmy Vercellino

AZ VA Home Loan

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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.


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.


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 jimmy@primelending.com


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.


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!


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.

Semper Fidelis, Jimmy Vercellino

VA Mortgages Have Lowest Rate of Default

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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 jimmy@primelending.com

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

Semper Fidelis,
Jimmy Vercellino

Press Release Cited Below


4 Ways to get your VA Loan Offer Accepted

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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

Hi Everybody!

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.

Semper Fidelis,
Jimmy Vercellino

How to Take Advantage of your VA Home Loan

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Many Veterans have no idea how to use their VA Home Loan benefits! That’s okay, that’s why we are here! Take a minute to click on the link below and view this video done by 3TV on VA Home Loans.