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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 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...

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 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...

What Does a VA Appraiser Look For?

What Does a VA Appraiser Look For?

In recent blog posts we've examined the basics on VA minimum property requirements. When a VA assigned appraiser reviews a home to see if it meets VA MPRs, he or she appraises the property with a set of criteria established...