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Foreclosure and VA Loan Entitlement: VA Loan Reader Questions

A reader asks, I am confused on entitlement rules. I had a VA foreclosure due to a chapter 7 bankruptcy three years ago. I am sure I will probably owe money toward my entitlement but how would I find out if I do owe the VA money?”

“I read that you have to pay back the debt to the VA before they will restore full entitlement but does that mean I can use what is left of my entitlement without paying what I may owe?

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...

VA Appraisals: Roofs, Basements and Crawlspaces

VA Appraisals: Roofs, Basements and Crawlspaces

When it comes to a VA appraiser’s job, moisture is an important factor in rating or evaluating the property. Part of the appraisal process is to identity obvious conditions that could affect the value or usability of the home. Moisture...

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...

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 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,...