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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 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...

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...

Restoring VA Loan Entitlement

Restoring VA Loan Entitlement

Those who have already used their VA loan entitlement to buy a home don’t always keep that home for the entire term of VA mortgage. Do VA borrowers get another chance to use their VA loan entitlement? The short answer...

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...

Who is Exempt from VA Loan Funding Fees?

Who is Exempt from VA Loan Funding Fees?

VA borrowers are required to pay a VA loan funding fee, either up front or included in the loan amount. This fee varies depending on the type of loan, the status of the applicant (active duty, Guard or Reserve, etc.)...

VA Loans: Enlistment Verification

VA Loans: Enlistment Verification

Military members applying for VA insured home loans should know about the VA loan rules for service members within a year of their current re-enlistment date. The Department of Veterans Affairs has specific requirements for VA loan applicants currently serving...

VA Loan Reader Questions: Funding Fees and Tax Deductions

VA Loan Reader Questions: Funding Fees and Tax Deductions

A reader asks, "Can anyone tell me where I can find up-to-date (2013) information of VA home loan funding fee and if it is tax deductible?" The VA published some revised guidelines for VA loan funding fees in a mortgagee letter...

Loan Eligibility: Who Else Can Qualify?

Loan Eligibility: Who Else Can Qualify?

In a recent blog post we discussed applying for VA loan eligibility and how it can be done through the lender. Active duty military, retired and separated military, plus members of the National Guard and Reserve who meet the time...

VA Loan Reader Questions: Termite Inspections

VA Loan Reader Questions: Termite Inspections

A reader asks, “We are currently refinancing our home – and we are using the VA process. They are requesting us to get a termite (WDO) inspection. My question is: Does the VA require this termite inspection? We live in...