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VA Loan Reader Questions: Farm Loans

VA Loan Reader Questions: Farm Loans

A reader asks, "I would like to get a va loan to purchase a 350 acre farm. Is it possible or not? I have heard yes and no.... the farm already has a house on it." The VA loan rulebook...

Do VA Loans Offer An Advantage Over Renting?

Do VA Loans Offer An Advantage Over Renting?

Some published reports state that rents have gone up 30% in the last ten years. One CNNMoney report speculates that renters could pay an additional seven percent over the next 24 months. There are many arguments about the virtues of...

Home Buying Advice from the Cleveland VA Regional Loan Center

Home Buying Advice from the Cleveland VA Regional Loan Center

From time to time, we like to pass along VA loan advice and house hunting tips from VA regional loan centers (RLCs for short). These agencies have plenty of useful information to pass on about issues unique to the local...

VA Announces Help For Veterans Affected by Missouri Tornadoes

VA Announces Help For Veterans Affected by Missouri Tornadoes

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made a lot of disaster relief announcements in the spring of 2011. So many that the Department of Veterans Affairs has released a "generic" announcement directing vets in need of help in the wake...

VA Loan Benefits and Grants for Disabled Vets

VA Loan Benefits and Grants for Disabled Vets

We've had several recent questions concerning VA home loan benefits for disabled veterans. There have been changes, modifications and improvements to a wide variety of VA loan and grant programs for disabled vets in recent years, including modifications to the...

VA Loans: The Seasoning Period Following A Short Sale

VA Loans: The Seasoning Period Following A Short Sale

In recent blog posts, we've covered topics related to foreclosure, and how to avoid foreclosure on a VA home loan. One way to avoid foreclosure proceedings on a home purchased with a VA mortgage is to put the property up...

What VA Appraisers Look For: Part Two

What VA Appraisers Look For: Part Two

In our last blog post we discussed VA appraisals and what the VA appraiser looks for when reviewing the home. An important issue when reviewing some properties is the overall nature of the building. VA loan rules state a property may...

VA Grant 2101(a) For Disabled Veterans

VA Grant 2101(a) For Disabled Veterans

VA Grant 2101(a) is among the Department of Veterans Affairs programs and policies designed to help qualifying disabled military veterans purchase specially adapted housing or modify an existing structure to include accessibility features. The Department of VA has qualifying criteria...

VA Loans: Interpreting Your Employment and Income Data

VA Loans: Interpreting Your Employment and Income Data

There can be some mystery when applying for a VA loan, especially if it's your first time. How does the lender interpret the information you enter on a VA mortgage loan application? Is there an arbitrary system the lender compares...

Starting a VA Home Loan

Starting a VA Home Loan

When a veteran wants to start a VA mortgage loan, the first thing they're asked to do is to provide, or apply for, a VA Certificate of Eligibility. Some first-time home buyers don't come to the application process with the COE in...