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VA Loans – Refinancing Options

By: Grant Moon 08/29/12 09:43 pm

VA Loans – Refinancing Options

 

There are many reasons to consider refinancing your existing mortgage. VA Loans can be refinanced in order to receive cash and or have access to lower interest rates. With the VA loan refinance programs; there are options available to veterans that other borrowers don’t have access to. It’s helpful to take a look at these benefits to determine whether or not refinancing is a good option for you, and then follow the steps needed to apply for a VA refinance loan.

VA Cash Out Refinance

One of the first benefits is that qualified homeowners are able to use their home equity to consolidate their debts or take out cash when needed. This option is called a VA Cash Out Refinance. The proceeds of the loan can be used for whatever you need the money for.

VA Interest Rate Reduction Loan

Only homeowners who currently have a VA home loan will be able to qualify for the Interest Rate Reduction Loan (IRRL) also known as the VA streamline refinance, which is a faster method of refinancing. While you will have to verify your income, employment, assets, and debts again the process is normally much quicker than when you purchased the home. Although the VA does not require an appraisal, many lenders do so it’s important to let the lender that you are working with know if you think you owe more than your house is worth.

Other Benefits

Another benefit of using the VA Loan Guarantee Program to refinance is that the fees and closing costs that lenders can charge are regulated by the VA. If you are interested in refinancing for any of these reasons, there are certain steps to take:

  • First, contact a qualified lender.  They will assist you in get the ball rolling and initiating the required documents.
  • Your lender will book a VA certified appraiser who will appraise the property according VA guidelines. They will take a look at your home’s condition and place a market value on the property.
  • Finalize the documentation that the lender requested from you to include employment verification, income, debt, and assets.
  • Attend the closing which includes a host of documents to sign.
  • Change your payment to go to the new bank that you refinance through

Lastly, and one of the main purposes in doing a refinance is to keep more of your hard earned money by refinancing to a lower rate.

For more opportunities on refinancing or to speak with a VA Loan Consultant please visit www.valoancaptain.com.

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