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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 —...

VA Appraisals and Reconsideration of Value

VA Appraisals and Reconsideration of Value

When a VA loan applicant wants to buy a home, gets a contract sales price, and a VA assigned fee appraiser looks at the property, the results of that appraisal may not correspond with the asking price of the house....

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...

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...

Can I Get My VA Certificate of Eligibility Online?

Can I Get My VA Certificate of Eligibility Online?

Veterans who have never applied for a VA home loan before soon learn they need a VA Certificate of Eligibility before the lender will allow them to move forward with a VA home loan. This isn't just a requirement set down...

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 Loans: New Construction Loans vs. Existing Construction

VA Loans: New Construction Loans vs. Existing Construction

VA loans for new construction homes have different requirements than VA mortgages for existing construction purchases. In a troubled housing market, some lenders don't see as much demand for new construction loans, and in today's housing market some lenders have...