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Your Questions About Certificate Of Eligibility

John asks…

How long does it take to receive a Certificate of Eligibility for a VA Loan?

I need to move into a house pretty soon. I know how the VA can be and I just need to know whether or not they are going to take forever, i.e. 90 days to get me a certificate of eligibility.

Admin answers:

I’ve seen as fast as a few days to a couple of weeks if there are no eligibility issues.

Mandy asks…

Can I get a VA certificate of eligibility?

My husband and myself are both military. We purchased a home back in 2007; however, we used his certificate of eligibility. We now want to purchase another home, but since we are already using his cert. (cannot be used again if we this house isn’t paid off), can I request my certificate since I also qualify? The thing is that I am the second owner on this property.

Admin answers:

Yes you can. Contact your VA to receive your certificate. Co signer doesn’t matter, his cert is the only one committed. Yours is free. Or alternately, our pre-screened lenders can obtain it for you during the application process.

Steven asks…

Lost Certificate of eligibility for education benefits from the VA?

I’ve lost my certificate of elgibility for my education benefits. Anyone know how to request a copy?? I feel so foolish for losing such an important document but it must have gotten lost in my recent move.

Admin answers:

Not so hard to fix! Go to

and request copies online of what you need. You will have to send them a signed request for certain items, but this is a great way to expedite matters.

Good luck!

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Your Questions About VA Home Foreclosure

Donna asks…

Can a VA home loan be used to buy a home in foreclosure?

I’m in the military and interested in purchasing my first home. However most of the homes in my area are in foreclosure; the ones that are in my price range at least.

I called at one in particular but the realtor said that the bank doesn’t like going with VA b/c the foreclosure wants all the costs to be covered by the buyer.

Other than talking to a realtor (which is what I’m going to do on Monday anyways) can a VA home loan still be used to buy a home in foreclosure?

Couldn’t the closing costs just be included in the the cost of the home itself?

Oh and I’m residing in the state of Florida.

Admin answers:

Yes it can, however the VA may require an escrow of monies to make repairs and most lenders aren’t going there. You might consider purchasing a “short sale” instead. At least you can see the property is most likely being maintained and would you still have some negotiating room with the sellers instead of the lender.

John asks…

If I am winning bid on, ” as is” VA foreclosure and the home inspection reveals problems. Am I obligated ?

Or does the VA let you negotiate the bid amount?

Admin answers:

If you bid at the foreclosure sale, that part of the process is between you and the court. The VA doesn’t have anything to do with it. You’re better off dealing with the VA once they own the property and you are negotiating to buy it from them directly.

Most court let you pay a deposit towards the full bid once you win the auction — maybe 10% of the bid — with the balance due in X number of days. If you only paid the deposit, you could just not pay the rest. You would lose that deposit, but if losing the deposit would result in a significantly lower loss to you, it may be worth it to just take it on the chin and walk away. If you paid in the full bid at the sale, you are probably SOL. As a last resort, you could file a motion with the court to vacate the sale, laying out all the problems with the property, and hope the judge rules in your favor. It’s unlikely you would win, but worth a shot. Good luck.

Thomas asks…

How long does it take to go from a ratified contract through to closing on a foreclosure home? In VA?

Admin answers:

Right now… the banks are flooded with paperwork on these neglected homes. Normally, it might not take more than a 2-3 weeks, but in this climate there really is no telling.

Robert asks…

Who can we talk with in regards to a VA foreclosure vacant home for about 4 years now considered unihabitable?

Admin answers:

Ask the Commissioner of Revenue in the county where the house is located or we can connect you with pre-screened real estate agent.

Laura asks…

Va home loan after foreclosure?

Anyone else been through this? We did not use our VA loan when we purchased. We went through foreclosure. How long after forclosure can we use VA loan?

Admin answers:

Remember its still a loan that you must be approved for it just backed by the FED. Most lenders will require at least 24-36 months before you will be eligible for a VA loan.

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VA Home Loan Requirements

We have a fairly detailed breakdown on VA Home Loan Requirements here. But it’s always good to check more sources.

VA Loan Requirements

Here is a breakdown of each of these requirements: Certificate of Eligibility. This document provides proof of military service and eligibility for a VA home loan. If you do not have a certificate, you can purchase an application from…

Publish Date: 08/23/2010 8:44

You can also read up on the VA’s own website by clicking here.

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VA Home Loan Lenders

VA Home Loan Lenders- How to sort through them if you’d like to find the best VA Home Mortgage lenders yourself…

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Find a VA Home Loan Lender

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VA loan rates are available from most lenders, but many times it is best to work with a lender that specializes in these loans. VA loans are government backed and as a result are usually easier to qualify for and are cheaper.…

Publish Date: 09/21/2010 9:46

Applying for a VA Home Loan from Private Lenders: How to Get a VA

Find a VA Home Loan Lender

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First-time home buyers seeking a VA home loan and military personnel pursuing a VA home refinance can go through any approved private mortgage lender to gain eligibility.

Publish Date: 11/14/2009 10:51

Of course, whether you are wanting to buy a house, or refinancing your existing mortgage you can always just contact USMHAF and we will be happy to save you time by putting you in touch with our pre-screened lenders.

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VA Home Loan Certificate Info

Here’s a roundup of VA Home Loan Certificate information.

Understanding VA Loan Opportunities for Service Members and

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Veterans are not allowed to use the VA guaranteed loan funds for investment properties. To get more information and an application for a Certificate of Eligibility for the VA home loan program, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs…

Publish Date: 09/29/2010 10:31

Mortgage Definition: VA Loan Certificate of Eligibility

The VA loan certificate of eligibility does not mean that you are qualified for a VA loan, it simply means that you are eligible and is required in order to get a VA loan.

Publish Date: 09/08/2010 10:05

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