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Monthly Archives: March 2015

VA Loan Assumption and the Novation

VA Loan Assumption and the Novation

In our last blog post we discussed VA home loan assumption and why a veteran selling his or her home should think carefully when considering such a move. There’s a serious issue VA mortgage holders should be aware of when arranging...

VA Loans and the Rules on Manufactured Homes

VA Loans and the Rules on Manufactured Homes

There have been a lot of questions and blog posts lately about VA loans for manufactured homes. In some circles, the mobile home isn’t as understood as a real estate transaction as “typical” VA home loans are; often the standards...

VA Rules for Property Appraisal

VA Rules for Property Appraisal

In my last post, I wrote about VA property appraisals and the requirements the VA puts on appraisers. I mentioned the VA’s “no accommodation” rule, which states VA property appraisals cannot include practices that accommodate the sale price of...

How Can I Buy a VA REO Home?

How Can I Buy a VA REO Home?

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers foreclosed homes, also known as REO homes, for sale to veterans and civilians alike. Since the VA insures mortgages under the VA loan program, if the property goes into default and foreclosure, the VA...

VA Loan Appraisal Rules for Electrical Systems, High Voltage Lines

VA Loan Appraisal Rules for Electrical Systems, High Voltage Lines

There are a variety of frequently asked questions about appraisals, and some of those questions involve the rules covering electrical systems, high voltage and related topics. Since not all homes sold are brand-new, borrowers are right to wonder what the...

VA Loans For Home Repairs?

VA Loans For Home Repairs?

One common question we receive is in regards to the possible availability of VA loans for home repair. Is it possible for a borrower to apply for a VA loan in order to make home repairs or upgrades to the...

Do Homes Purchased With a VA Loan Have Warranties?

Do Homes Purchased With a VA Loan Have Warranties?

Warranties are everywhere. You can take advantage of a manufacturer's warranty on your cell phone, your computer, and automobile when buying them brand new. Some products like cars and trucks even offer extended warranties a buyer can purchase when acquiring a car...

What is VA Loan Bonus Entitlement?

What is VA Loan Bonus Entitlement?

A common question about VA loans is, “How much loan can I get?” The answer depends on what value you’re referring to. The VA’s official site states that the basic entitlement for VA loans is $36,000. However, that is NOT...

VA Loans and Pre-Payment: Is There a Penalty?

VA Loans and Pre-Payment: Is There a Penalty?

One of the most attractive features of a VA insured mortgage is the no-money down option. Borrowers who choose a zero down payment may pay more in VA loan funding fees, but the money saved by not making a down...

VA Loan Fees: Who Pays?

VA Loan Fees: Who Pays?

There are many VA loan fees involved when it comes to purchasing a home with your VA benefits. VA appraisals are mandatory as part of the loan approval process, but the home inspection process is not, it’s an optional part...