VA Home Loan

Empowering Veterans with VA home loans

The Veterans Administration (VA) offers one of the most flexible loan programs for eligible* Veterans. A VA home loan provides financing with no down payment option, no loan limits for qualified homebuyers with full entitlement, no mortgage insurance requirements, and other potential benefits. 


Who can apply for a VA home loan?

Proud service members, Veterans, or surviving spouses of Veterans can apply for a VA home loan. It's recommended for applicants to get their Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to know their maximum loan limit, and getting preapproved is an option. For homebuyers with less than full entitlement, conforming loan limits apply.

*For information on how to secure a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), visit here.


Advantages of VA home loans:

VA home loans come with their share of advantages. Debt-to-income ratios are flexible and include consideration of geographic location, family size, and residual income. Other advantages include:

  • A down payment is not required.
  • Mortgage insurance is not required. 
  • Qualifying conditions are less stringent.
  • There are no loan limits for eligible homebuyers with full entitlement.


Disadvantages of VA home loans:

While VA home loans are an excellent option for buying homes, they're tailor-made for a restricted section of buyers. Additional disadvantages include:

  • A VA funding fee is required.
  • Veterans are responsible for closing costs and prepaid items.
  • VA loans are for purchases of primary residences only.

VA home loans FAQs

How long does it take for a VA home loan to close?

A VA home loan generally takes 40-50 days to close, regardless of the program. Factors affecting the closure timeline include the preapproval process, VA appraisal turn times, the condition of the estate, and final underwriting.

How does someone get preapproved for a VA home loan?

Preapproval for a VA home loan can be done with a trusted mortgage professional and VA lender. It’s a good idea to gather financial documents and COE before starting the process.

Can a VA home loan be used to buy a second home?

A VA home loan must only be used to purchase a primary residence. However, converting the property into a second home or investment property after living there for some time is permitted.

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