VA Loan Myths Busted
The VA home loan benefit is perhaps the most attractive on the market today for those who qualify. This program, originally introduced as part of the G.I. Bill toward the end of World War II, allows veterans and other qualified service members to buy and finance a home with no money down. VA home loan requirements have changed throughout the years and not all mortgage companies are VA loan specialists. That said, there can be a lot of misinformation out there.
For those not familiar with the VA loan process, this is a common misunderstanding. The VA no longer approves mortgages, that stopped years ago. What the VA does however is validate whether or not the veteran qualifies for the home loan benefit, and is evidenced by the certificate of eligibility.
Myth #2: Sellers Don’t Like Buyers with VA Loans
Until mortgage lenders were awarded the ability to independently underwrite a VA loan application, the VA did in fact control the entire process. VA loan applications could take two or three months, sometimes even longer, to get a VA loan through the pipeline. Today, VA loans are approved automatically, in-house at a qualified lender and take no more or less time to close than any other mortgage type.
Myth #3: VA Loans are Only for Veterans of Certain Wars
This was actually true for a very long time. Soldiers who served during peacetime couldn’t earn the VA home loan benefit. This was changed in 1992 and now any active duty service member who has served at least 181 days, honorably discharged veterans and National Guard and Reserve Members who have completed six years of continuous service have earned the home loan benefit.