VA Mortgage Loans
Take Advantage of Your Veteran's Benefits
Home loans backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provide affordable home financing options for eligible Service Members, Veterans and surviving spouses.
VA Loan Highlights
VA loans often require no down payment. A down payment is required if the borrower does not have full VA entitlement, or if the loan amount is greater than $417,000. VA loans also feature:
- No private mortgage insurance (PMI)
- No prepayment penalties
- Fixed- and adjustable-rate mortgages
- VA financing fees can be "rolled" into the loan amount
- Variety of eligible property types, including single-family home, townhomes and VA-approved condos
VA Loan Eligibility
In order to be eligible for a VA loan, you must first obtain a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Your COE is based on length of service or service commitment, duty status and character of service.
VA Loan Programs
If you are currently serving in the military with a chance of relocating in the next few years, the flexibility of an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) could be the right option for you. ARMs offer lower introductory interest rates that can change after the initial fixed-rate period. Depending on market fluctuations after this initial fixed-rate period, your monthly payments could change due to rates increasing or decreasing.
Fixed Rate Mortgages
Fixed-rate mortgages protect you against rising rates since the interest rate remains the same for the entire term of the loan. With FHA loans, you can select a 30-, 20- or 15-year term. The main difference is the lower term options have higher monthly payments, which also means you are building home equity faster. Keep in mind you can use equity as a down payment for your next home or a future cash-out refinance. If you plan on staying in your home for a longer time frame, a fixed-rate mortgage could be the right solution for you.
If you're already a homeowner, a cash-out refinance may help you pay for major expenses like college tuition, debt or home improvements. This option allows you to take cash out of your home equity by replacing your current mortgage with a new loan that is more than the amount owed. You can also refinance a non-VA loan into a VA loan with a cash-out refinance.
Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan
An interest rate reduction refinance loan (IRRRL) may help lower your interest rate and reduce your monthly payments by refinancing your existing VA loan. You can also refinance an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) into a fixed-rate mortgage with this option. However, you cannot receive cash from loan proceeds with an IRRRL.