Overview: VA Home Loans
Exclusive Pricing For Veterans
A VA loan is issued by a private lender and insured by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It’s a valuable benefit — offering a mortgage with a lower-than-most interest rate that usually requires no down payment — for qualified U.S. veterans, active-duty military personnel and certain surviving spouses.
Although the VA has no minimum credit score requirement, most wholesalers require scores of at least 620. A few lenders will approve loans with credit scores as low as 580 in some cases. The VA takes a real-life view of affordability by estimating the ability to pay the home loan after accounting for other monthly expenses.
The main benefits of an VA loan are:
ARM VS. fixed: Which should I choose?
An adjustable-rate mortgage, commonly referred to as an 'ARM', is a home loan with an interest rate that can change periodically. This means that the monthly payments can go up or down. In general, the initial interest rate is lower than that of a fixed-rate mortgage. After the fixed-rate period ends, the interest rate on an ARM loan moves based on the index it’s tied to.
When deciding if a fixed or ARM rate is right for you, there are some questions that you need to ask yourself:
How do I qualify for a VA Home Loan?
The Department of Veterans Affairs doesn’t issue the home loans; brokers & wholesalers do. But, the VA insures a portion of the loan in case of default. While a VA home loan qualifying requirements are much more relaxed than that of a conventional loan, you’ll still needs to have a decent credit score and sufficient income.
Some other major eligibility requirements include: