Tips and advice to help Veterans and military families get the most from homebuying
A VA loan is a mortgage option issued by private lenders and partially backed, or guaranteed, by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Here we look at how VA loans work and what most borrowers don’t know about the program.
Your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) verifies you meet the military service requirements for a VA loan. However, not everyone knows there are multiple ways to obtain your COE – some easier than others.
Buying a condominium with you VA home loan benefit is a great option. However, there are additional requirements that differ from purchasing a single-family residence or a multiunit complex.
Credit score requirements vary by lender. However, most lenders have similar criteria. Let's look at the minimum credit score for a VA loan and what lenders typically expect.
VA loans allow Veterans to have a co-borrower on the loan. Here we break down co-borrower requirements and provide common scenarios around co-borrowing and joint VA loans.
National Guard members and Reservists can tap into the same VA loan benefit that's helped generations of Veterans and active duty service members achieve the dream of homeownership.
Lenders consider your gross monthly income when evaluating what kind of mortgage you can afford. In other words, they’re looking at your major monthly debts in relation to your pre-tax income.
While children of veterans are not eligible for a VA loan, surviving spouses may be eligible if they fall into one of the VA’s three basic areas of consideration.
Just like Veterans and military members’ families are eligible for a VA home loan, the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are also qualified, meaning they can secure $0 down payment mortgage.
Here we look at how shopping for a mortgage impacts your credit and how lenders, including Veterans United, typically use a different scoring metric compared to credit monitoring tools.