VA Loans

VA home loans are ones guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. They were created by the government in 1944; since then, more than 24 million VA loans have been originated, helping veterans, active duty military members and their families purchase or refinance a home.

The fact that these loans are backed by a government agency makes lenders feel more comfortable in offering them, as they pose less risk. As a result, it’s possible to get a VA loan without a down payment, and with sometimes-looser credit requirements.

The basic intention of the VA home loan program is to supply home financing to eligible veterans and to help veterans purchase properties with no down payment. The loan may be issued by qualified lenders.

LOAN TYPES

Different Types of VA Loans

VA Cash-Out Refinance

Replaces your mortgage with a new loan while tapping some of your home’s value for things like paying off debt or making home improvements. It also can be used to replace a non-VA loan with a VA loan.

VA IRRRL (also called a streamline refinance loan)

You can replace an existing VA loan with a mortgage offering a lower interest rate, or move from an adjustable-rate loan to one with a fixed interest rate.

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VA Renovation Loans

Allow borrowers buy or refinance a home and roll the cost of improvements into the mortgage.

VA Supplemental Loans for Home Improvements

Can be added to an existing mortgage or included in a VA refinance.

How it Works

Advantages of VA Loans

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You can buy a home with no down payment

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You won’t have to pay Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI, since the loans are backed by the government

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Mortgage rates are lower for VA home loans than for FHA and conventional mortgages

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There is no prepayment penalty

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There is no limit to the amount you can borrow on a VA loan

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There’s no minimum credit score requirement

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You don’t need to be a first-time home buyer in order to get a VA loan

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Bankruptcy and foreclosure won’t permanently affect your chances

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Closing costs are the various fees and expenses you pay to get a mortgage. The Department of Veterans Affairs limits the lender’s origination fee to no more than 1% of the loan amount and prohibits lenders from charging some other closing costs

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The VA offers assistance for struggling borrowers facing a potential foreclosure. The agency’s loan technicians can negotiate with lenders on behalf of borrowers who are having trouble making mortgage payments

Disadvantages 

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A VA loan can only be used to buy or build a primary residence or to refinance an existing loan. So you won’t be able to buy an investment property or vacation home with one.

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You’re required to pay a VA loan funding fee between 1.25% and 3.3% of the loan amount. The fee is usually included in the loan, so it increases your monthly payment and adds to the interest you pay over the life of the loan.

Whether you are a first time home buyer, real estate investor or looking to purchase your dream home, Clear View Mortgage has the right loan for you.

We have aligned ourselves with the most competitive investors in the residential mortgage market. Competitive interest rates, unparalleled service and a commitment to closing your loan on time is what separates Clear View Mortgage from your traditional retail mortgage bank or broker down the street.

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209.221.3795

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