A VA Home Loan is a mortgage loan guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs but issued by qualified lenders, like banks or mortgage companies. Like other mortgage loans, the VA Home Loan can be used to refinance existing mortgage loans. For veterans that qualify, the loan can make it easier to afford a refinancing.
Benefits of a VA Refinancing vs. Conventional Refinancing
VA Home Refinancing
Cash-out refinancing permitted?
Low documentation refinancing permitted?
Yes: streamline or Interest Rate Refinance Reduction Loan
No Down Payment Required
Down Payment required
You can finance up to 103.15% of the sale price which can allow closing fees and costs to be packaged into the loan
10-20% down requirement
Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)
Yes if you put less than 20% down
Yes in certain circumstances
No Prepayment Penalty
In many occasions yes
VA Assistance during financial hardship
VA provides financial counseling for loan holders during hardship
No, not by the VA
Energy Efficient Improvements
Yes up $6,000 for approved improvements
No; property must be owner-occupied
* A funding fee that is up to 2.4% for 1st time entitlement users and up to 3.3% for 2nd time entitlement users is required by law. The fee is waived if you have a service connected disability or you are a surviving spouse of a veteran died while in service or from a service connected disability.
For more information about the VA Funding Fee click here [link to: funding fee section]
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