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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 Rules on Minimum Property Requirements

VA Rules on Minimum Property Requirements

In our last post we discussed situations where the Department of Veterans Affairs might waive its minimum property requirements. But some requirements cannot be waived because the directly affect the health or safety of anyone who might live in the 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 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...

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,...

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...

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...

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 Assumption

VA Loan Assumption

One of the attractive things about VA home loans is that they are assumable--a veteran can "sell" the home by allowing a third party to assume the VA loan payments and responsibility for the mortgage. According to the Department of...

VA Loans and Condo Project Approval Procedures

VA Loans and Condo Project Approval Procedures

We frequently get questions about VA condo loans. One commonly asked question involves the details of the VA condo approval process. If a borrower wants to purchase a condo unit with a VA guaranteed loan, the project must be VA...