What Are VA Loans?
As the video says, the name is misleading – they’re not loans FROM the VA.
The VA – short for “US Department of Veterans Affairs” – is the Federal military veteran benefit system.
The VA administers benefits and services for Servicemembers, Veterans their dependents and survivors.
Programs related to home loans are one of their key services.
The VA is not a bank; they do not provide home loans themselves.
But they do guarantee a portion of home loans provided to veterans and other eligible people by banks and mortgage companies.
These guarantees enable lenders to provide more favorable terms.
They are are commonly called “VA Loans”.
They cover buying, building, repairing, retaining and adapting homes for personal occupancy by eligible Veterans and survivors.
What Are The Major Types Of VA Loans?
Major Veterans Affairs loan programs described in this video include:
1) Purchase Loans.
These help eligible parties buy a home at competitive interest rates with little to no down payment and little or no private mortgage insurance.
2) Cash Out Refinance Loans which enable taking cash out of home equity to pay off debt, fund school or make home improvements.
3) Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans also called Streamline Refinance Loans can help veterans obtain lower interest by refinancing existing VA loans
Other programs include:
4) Native American Direct Loans to help eligible Native American veterans finance homes on Federal Trust land.
5) Adapted Housing Grants to help veterans with service-connected disabilities buy, build or modify a home suited to their disabilities.
Many states offer additional resources to veterans, too.
Talk to your home lender about your situation.
What Is A Certificate of Eligibility, or COE?
The COE is the key document that verifies to lenders that someone is eligible for a VA-backed loan.
Servicemembers, Veterans and National Guard and Reserve members may apply online or through their lender; most lenders have access to the system and can verify eligibility IF the VA has records on file.
The VA also maintains a hotline for assistance.
Surviving Spouses can use VA Form 26-1817 to request determination of their eligibility for VA Loan Guarantees.
Your lender may be able to assist with processing or contact the VA for information this video did not address.