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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...

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 Loan Appraisal Fees – How Much Does a VA Home Appraisal Cost?

VA Loan Appraisal Fees – How Much Does a VA Home Appraisal Cost?

VA loans require one very important step to move forward. When a buyer finds a home they want to purchase with a VA mortgage, they must have a VA assigned appraiser look at the home to establish fair market value. The...

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 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...

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...