Quick reference guide for VA loans

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In yesterday's post, I provided some basic guidelines for the standard FHA loan and the benefits to the home buyer.  In today's post, I am providing a quick reference to basic guidelines for VA loans and the associated benefits to home buyers.  Feel free to call or email (or leave a comment) if you have any quesitons regarding any of the loans in this series.  Tomorrow I will be discussing conventional loans.  Here you go:


          For your VA buyer with the right credentials, nothing beats a VA loan.


          Program guidelines:

              Loan-to-Value:  100%

                  Debt-to-Income Ratio:  as high as 55%

                  Minimum Credit Score:  640+

                   VA Funding Fee (no monthly mortgage insurance):  

                             1) 2.15% for first-time users (financed)

                             2) 3.30% for subsequent users

                   Reserves:  None required

                   Bankruptcy:  Need re-established credit

                             1) Chapter 7 – eligible 2 years from the discharge date

                             2) Chapter 13 – eligible 1 year from the filing with          Trustee’s approval

                   Foreclosure / short sale:  eligible three years from the                    foreclosure date or sale date.


     Benefits to the buyer:

                   1)  No down-payment requirement – 100% financing

                   2)  higher debt-ratio allowances – as high as 55%

                   3)  no reserve requirements

                   4)  more flexible than conventional financing with regard to credit issues

                   5)  Seller can pay up to 6% in closing costs

                   6)  Lower payment than FHA since there is no monthly mortgage insurance


Posted by

D. Jed Wunderli

Certified Mortgage Planner

Alterra Home Loans



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  1. Cindy Justice 06/07/2011 06:36 AM
  2. Ritu Desai 06/07/2011 06:37 AM
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Ritu Desai
Samson Properties - Ashburn, VA
Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949

Great information!! I will reblog this and check out the FHA guidelines.

Jun 07, 2011 06:35 AM #1
Jed Wunderli
Alterra Home Loans - Las Vegas, NV

Thanks, Ritu.  I'll be providing a quick reference guide for conventional loans tomorrow, the FHA 203(k) Streamline loan on Thursday and then some niche products on Friday.  Make sure you check back for those - especially the under-utilized FHA 203(k) Streamline which is really a fantastic program when done the right way.

Jun 07, 2011 07:06 AM #2
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