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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has created a number of special VA home loan programs available for eligible borrowers. Their mission is to provide servicemembers, veterans, and eligible surviving spouses with a home loan guaranty benefit and other housing programs. These are intended to help eligible borrowers “buy, build, repair, retain, or adapt a home.”

Most Common Types of VA Home Loans

Purchase Loan: These loans help you purchase a home at a competitive interest rate, typically without a down payment or having to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI).

Cash Out Refinance Loan: These types of VA home loans allow borrowers to take cash out of their home equity.

Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL): Also called a Streamline Refinance Loan, an IRRRL can help borrowers obtain a lower interest rate through refinancing an existing VA home loan.


Benefits of VA Home Loans

  • No down payment (as long as sale price doesn’t exceed appraised value).
  • No private mortgage insurance (PMI) premiums required.
  • Limited charges for closing costs and closing costs can be paid by the seller.
  • Debt-to-income ratio requirements are more lenient.
  • You do not have to be a first-time home buyer.
  • Loans are assumable, or the mortgage can be transferred to a future home buyer if that person is VA-eligible.

Additional Resources

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

We’re proud to to help the men and women who have served our country obtain affordable housing. Get real-time VA mortgage rates today and learn more about qualifying for a VA home loan by giving us a call. We’ll help guide you through the entire VA home loan process.


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