Your Questions About Va Home Loan Certificate

Mandy asks…

Va Home Loan Question?

My Father just received his Certificate of Eligibility for a VA home loan. Does this guarantee him the loan? What are the next steps? Also, his credit is below average, can he use me as a cosignee if I have an above average credit score? We’re hoping to get our first house this year and take advantage of the new home buyers tax credit.

Admin answers:

No, the bank makes the loan. VA makes it possible that you don’t need a down payment (or very little) and possibly the seller can pay closing costs if written as part of the bid. There is also the VA funding fee (which can be financed)- your father will be exempt if he is receiving compensation for a service connected disability.


These FAQ’s should help.

I’m not sure about cosigning, but the loan can be put into both your names.

Sandy asks…

VA Home Loan question?

I have the Certificate of Eligibility from the VA home loan office. My credit score is roughly 670. The only debt I have is on my truck which is like $11k. I will make around $60k this year. The thing is I checked my credit score and I have 20 inquires from when I was car shopping… I would like to know what my chances are for being approved for a $65000 home loan. I dont want to go to to the bank and be declined and have another inquiry on my credit report. Any info would be helpful. Thanks.

Admin answers:

John –
You should have no problem, even with the car inquiries. A mortgage inquiry will not hurt your credit score. Ask us for referrals (in the form to the left) to a good mortgage lender and go make the application.

Ruth asks…

Whats type of home loan is easier to get?

We did receive a certificate of eligibility from the VA for a home loan but, as we attempt to maneuver through the process of getting a home loan it seems more & more that no one likes to deal with VA loans.. Should we try to get a loan somewhere else instead of using the VA? We live in Washington state if that helps..

Admin answers:

The typical obstacle with the VA loan is the appraisal/inspection. I know it says that VA does not require an inspection, but the VA appraisal is an inspection too. Some sellers do not want to deal with all the picky stuff that VA/FHA want to make a home qualify, and some of it is a bit picky. It is hard to beat the VA deal, stick it out there and get yourself a great house.

Helen asks…

how does a VA Home loan work?

My husband and I got our certificate in the mail and it says they gave us $36,000 but not sure what they mean by that… can anyone explain? thanks.

Admin answers:

That is the amount of your entitlement. The maximum entitlement for VA loans up to $144,000 is $36,000. It is the amount the VA promises will be paid to the lender if you default on your loan.

Daniel asks…

Anyone know anything about VA home loans?

My husband just got 70% disability from the VA and the paper work said that we qualified for a VA home loan. We are in desperate need of a new home, because ours is falling apart and is a major health hazard. But when we started looking for banks that did VA loans we were shocked at everything we were finding out. Not one of those banks said the same thing about VA loans. We are very confused right now. Then we went to the VA website and did some research but it only listed the basic stuff of the loan. We have already gotten our certificate of eligibility from the VA but we are at a road block about finding a bank to fund it. Some banks told us that we had to have a credit score of at least 620 to get a VA loan and others told us that a VA loan requires that same things as a FHA loan. Please can someone give me some straight answers so that I can get my family in a better and safer home.
To G C, My husband bought this home about 6 years ago because it was a cheap buy and he paid it in cash. it was built in the 1960’s and is only a small 2 bedroom and there is 4 of us. In order to get this house up to code we would have to rip it down and rebuild it from the ground up. My husband only paid $12,000 for the house and land with cash. At the time he was single. But now our family has grown and we need a bigger house and a safer home, one that is not in a dangerous nieghborhood. I am currently attending college full time to make a better life for us so we will have no problem affording a house payment.

Admin answers:

First I would like to thank you husband for his service. You can finance 100% there is a fee but that is rolled into your mortgage, rates are representative of what is out there, and no you do not have to carry PMI insurance. Yes not all banks and or realtors will deal with it, if you fill out the form to the left, we will refer you to a pre-screened VA lender. First you will need your eligibility statement and the usual paperwork as in income for 2 years, credit check etc. (You will have to be in the 620 range or above) You will also need some good faith money (which is returned at closing) and closing costs, if you cannot get the seller to pay, you will also need to pay for 1 years insurance on the property, have an inspection, pest inspection and appraisal done, these costs are yours. No pealing paint, furnace plumbing and electric in working order basically the home is in move in condition. You also have need to meet the income to debt ratio which is no different than any other mortgage.

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