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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 —...

Home Inspections and Asbestos

Home Inspections and Asbestos

In previous blog posts, we've discussed the difference between a VA appraisal, which is required for the sale of a home to move forward, and a home inspection which is an option the borrower should choose (but is not required...

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 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 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 Loans and Second Mortgages

VA Loans and Second Mortgages

VA loans have a variety of uses and flexible options that make them very attractive for first time home buyers. But not every VA loan is a traditional home purchase; some buyers have unique needs that require additional consideration. A...

VA Loan Rules: Spousal Income

VA Loan Rules: Spousal Income

One frequently asked question about VA home loans involves whether a spouse's income can be counted on the VA loan application for the purposes of calculating the debt-to-income ratio.

It is easy to assume that a VA loan application with spouse...

Can a Veteran and Fiancé Get a VA Loan Together?

Can a Veteran and Fiancé Get a VA Loan Together?

There are many different circumstances under which you can get a VA loan. Some veterans apply for the loan by themselves without a co-borrower or co-applicant. Others want to apply for a VA loan with one or more fellow veterans,...

VA Appraisals: How Long Until a Notice of Value Expires?

VA Appraisals: How Long Until a Notice of Value Expires?

VA rules state that any property to be purchased with a VA insured loan must have a notice of value assigned after being reviewed by a VA assigned appraiser. The notice of value or NOV for short allows the VA...