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VA Issues Guidance For Principal Reduction On VA Home Loans

VA Issues Guidance For Principal Reduction On VA Home Loans

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued some guidance for lenders about principal reduction for VA mortgages. Borrowers who get into trouble with conventional or FHA home loans often wind up discussing foreclosure avoidance options that include principal reduction —...

Are Electronic Signatures Permitted For VA Home Loans?

Are Electronic Signatures Permitted For VA Home Loans?

Sometimes it takes a while for concepts to catch on. The use of electronic signatures is one such concept that has taken a while to filter in to the mainstream. There are many who have initiated or closed their VA home...

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...

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...

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 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...

Which VA Loans Allow Cash Back to the Borrower?

Which VA Loans Allow Cash Back to the Borrower?

There’s a common question associated with VA loans–many borrowers are interested in getting cash back at closing time from proceeds via their home loans. But which VA loans allow this? Can a borrower, as some readers have asked, get a...

VA Loan Reader Questions: Who Pays For Termite Inspections?

VA Loan Reader Questions: Who Pays For Termite Inspections?

A reader asks, “Where can I find information regarding who pays for a termite inspection and a termite letter for the state of Georgia? Does the buyer or the seller pay for the termite inspection? Thank you!” The short answer,...

What Does a VA Appraiser Look For?

What Does a VA Appraiser Look For?

In recent blog posts we've examined the basics on VA minimum property requirements. When a VA assigned appraiser reviews a home to see if it meets VA MPRs, he or she appraises the property with a set of criteria established...

VA Loans: Where Can I Purchase A Home Using A VA Loan?

VA Loans: Where Can I Purchase A Home Using A VA Loan?

There are many issues that affect a veteran's decision to purchase a home. When applying for a VA loan, a borrower may be in the middle of a military career with many years to go before retirement, recently separated or...