ATTN: Veterans: Our primary lender is now offering $10,000 GRANTS to qualified veteran home buyers.
Because of their faithful and unselfish service to our country veterans can take advantage of a federal government program that allows some incredible advantages and added benefits when purchasing a home. For many active military and veterans, the VA home loan program is their best path to homeownership. The increasing popularity is due to the main benefits of VA loans. The VA loan program’s advantages over other loan types are a big reason why VA loan volume has continually grown over the last five years.
Although navigating the process of purchasing a home with a VA loan can be intimidating, at Ekklesia Realty we have a team of professionals and a network of service providers that have experience and can easily deal with the many issues that arise. Here are some highlights of the advantages of a VA loan:
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- Eligible homebuyers are not required to have a down payment in most cases - typically cited as the greatest VA loan benefit. Conventional loans generally require a 5 percent down payment, and FHA loans require 3.5 percent.
- No monthly mortgage insurance premiums or PMI to pay. FHA loans come with both an upfront and an annual mortgage insurance charge. Conventional buyers typically need to pay for private mortgage insurance unless they’re making a down payment of 20 percent or more.
- Limitation on buyer's closing costs. Sellers can pay all of a buyer’s loan-related closing costs and up to 4 percent in concessions.
- Lower average interest rates than other loan types. VA loans continue to have the lowest average interest rates of all loan types.
- No prepayment penalties. VA buyers can pay off a loan early without any financial penalties.
- Two refinance options. The VA loan program allows homeowners with existing VA loans the option to lower their monthly payment with a new interest rate. Eligible homeowners who financed their property with a loan other than a VA loan can refinance into the VA loan program.
- Second tier entitlement. Even though many veterans have already used their loan benefits, it may be possible for them to buy homes again with VA financing using remaining or restored loan entitlement.
- An assumable mortgage, typically subject to VA and/or lender approval. You may be able to have someone take over your mortgage payment, which can be a big benefit in an environment of rising interest rates.
- Foreclosure avoidance advocacy from the VA loan program. The VA has staff members who advocate on behalf of homeowners to find alternatives to foreclosure.