VA guaranteed loans are made by lenders and guaranteed against payment default by the US Government. The Government created the VA loan program as a benefit for those who served in the Armed Forces. The biggest advantage of the VA Loan program is that the borrower can purchase a home with zero down.
Some of the key advantages of the VA loan are:
- Low to no down payment,
- Seller contributions up to 4% are allowed,
- More flexible underwriting (approval),
- Closing costs that lenders can charge are restricted (e.g. Loan Origination Fee cannot exceed 1%)
- The VA Funding Fee is waived if the veteran is determined to be “disabled”
- VA loans are “assumable” to other qualified buyers,
- VA Refinances can be streamlined (less documentation required for approval),
- Some closing costs may be financed (less out of pocket expenses),
- The VA loan is guaranteed by the US Government which makes it more desirable for lenders and other institutions,
The US Government does not set a limit on the amount of money a veteran can borrow under this program. However, since the loan guarantee is limited most lenders have limits on how much can be borrowed and where there is a down payment requirement on higher loan amount. Here is a list of maximum guaranteed loan limits by State and County.
The veteran must be able to provide a Certificate of Eligibility from the VA to qualify for the loan. Contact Us for more information on VA loans.