Veterans Affairs mortgages, better known as VA loans, make it easier for veterans to get financing to buy a home. VA loans do not always require a down payment and are available to military veterans and active military members. These home loans are made through private lenders and are guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, so they do not require mortgage insurance. There’s no minimum credit score requirement.
The VA loan remains one of the few mortgage options for borrowers who don’t have the money for a down payment. VA loans are somewhat easier to qualify for than conventional mortgages. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is not a direct lender. The loan is made through a private lender and partially guaranteed by the VA, as long as guidelines are met.
If you think you may be eligible for a VA loan, here are some things you must know about the program.
Qualifications For A VA Loan
Most members of the regular military, veterans, reservists and National Guard are eligible to apply for a VA loan. Spouses of military members who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-connected disability also can apply. Active-duty military personnel generally qualify after about six months of service. Reservists and members of the National Guard must wait six years to apply, but if they are called to active duty before that, they gain eligibility after 181 days of service.
Although the costs of getting a VA loan are usually lower than they are for other types of mortgages, they still carry a one-time funding fee that varies, depending on the down payment and the type of veteran. […]