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Louisville Kentucky VA Refinancing IRRL – Frequently Asked Questions


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Louisville Kentucky VA Refinancing

 

 

Do you have an existing Louisville Kentucky VA Home Loan or conventional loan that you are interested in refinancing? While interest rates are still low, there are many advantages to refinancing now in order to get a lower interest rate, take cash out of the equity in your home, consolidate credit, or make home improvements. If you are interested in refinancing with a Kentucky VA Loan, the VA has programs that can assist you. Below are some questions other people have asked about the Louisville Kentucky VA Refinancing programs. Follow the headers to find information about Louisville Kentucky VA Refinancing. If you cannot find an answer here, a VA Loan Specialist can be contacted online or by phone to answer all your refinancing questions.

What is an IRRRL?

An IRRRL is the VA’s Interest Rate Reduction Refinancing Loan, also known as a VA Streamline Refinance. An IRRRL is a loan that refinances your existing VA Loan into a new VA Loan with a lower interest rate, or from an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) into a fixed rate mortgage. A Certificate of Eligibility is not required for an IRRRL.

Do I have to be eligible for a lower interest rate in order to qualify for a VA IRRRL?

Not necessarily. In order to qualify for an IRRRL, the VA requires you to obtain a lower interest rate if you are going from a one fixed rate mortgage to another fixed rate mortgage, but if you are going from an adjustable rate mortgage to a fixed rate mortgage, the VA will allow you to refinance to a higher interest rate.

If it is called an Interest Rate Reduction Loan, why does the VA allow me to refinance my ARM to a higher interest rate?

Since you are refinancing your adjustable rate mortgage into a fixed rate mortgage the interest rate may be higher initially, but you will save money over time. With adjustable rate mortgages you may get a lower interest rate than a fixed rate mortgage for the first few years, but after that your interest rates increase and you are paying higher rates than you would with a fixed rate mortgage. This is why the VA allows you to refinance into a higher fixed rate of interest on your mortgage before your adjustable rate on your current mortgage increases.

Can I refinance with the VA if I am already using my Loan Guarantee entitlement with my current mortgage?

Yes. As long as you are refinancing your VA-guaranteed mortgage, then you can use this program to get more favorable loan terms and save money over the long run. If you’re ready to get started with your VA Refinance, contact a VA Refinance Specialist now.

What out-of-pocket expenses will I have when refinancing?

None. The VA allows you to finance all closing costs associated with refinancing into your new mortgage. Your lender may have some fees, but you will need to consult them to find out what they expect you to pay up front, if anything.

Do I have to use my current lender to refinance?

No. If you want a new lender, you can choose from any mortgage lender on the VA-approved lender’s list. Make sure that you shop around for your refinancing loan. By going to several lenders, you will get more offers and you can choose the best loan terms for you and your family. Be careful of lenders that try to deceive you into thinking they are the only lender that can finance a VA IRRRL. The VA has a long list of approved lenders, and you should shop around.

Do I have to go through the credit check and appraisal process again when refinancing?

The VA does not require another credit check and appraisal because it has already approved you for the loan guarantee in the first place. However, lenders usually do require a credit check and appraisal when refinancing because they need to make sure you are still credit worthy and the property still has a higher market value than their maximum loan amount. For more information about this, check out VA Appraisal, Qualification and Approval FAQ’s.

Do I have to get another Certificate of Eligibility?

No. You have already been approved by the VA for your home loan guarantee, and refinancing does not require a Certificate of Eligibility.

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What fees does the VA charge for an IRRRL?

The VA only requires a 1.5% funding fee of the value of your new loan. There are no other fees involved with the VA. If a lender tries to tell you that the VA charges extra fees you should contact the VA to see if something has recently changed and, if not, you should find a new, ethically responsible lender.

Does the VA have any requirements for me to get an IRRRL?

The VA has the following eligibility requirements for an IRRRL:

  • You must be refinancing an existing VA Loan into a new VA Loan in order to use this program.
  • You need to certify that you have been occupying the property. For your original loan you had to sign an agreement stating you would be the primary occupant of the home, and now you will have to sign an additional agreement saying that you have been the primary occupant.
  • You cannot take more out on your new loan than what you currently owe. The loan can be more only as a result of fees and closing costs being financed into the mortgage.

Can I include the cost of home improvements in my IRRRL?

You are allowed to include up to $6,000 in your refinancing loan for the purpose of energy efficient home improvements. Any other home improvements are not eligible.

Can I take cash out of an IRRRL?

No. An IRRRL from the VA is only for the purposes of obtaining a better interest rate on your mortgage loan in order to save you money over time.

What is a VA Cash Out Refinancing Loan?

This is the type of refinancing loan the VA offers for those Veterans who want to take cash out of the equity in their homes. You must be refinancing an existing VA Loan in order to use the VA Cash Out Refinancing Program.

What can I use the cash I take out of my home for?

Anything you want. Make sure you consult your lender to see if they have any restrictions on what you can use the money for.

Can I consolidate debt with a Cash Out Refinance Loan?

Yes. As a matter of fact, many lenders prefer that you do consolidate all of your debt into your new loan because it makes you less of a credit risk for them.

How much cash can I take out of my home equity?

Your home’s value is on a Certificate of Reasonable Value, and you are allowed to take up to 90% of this amount. On top of this you are also allowed to finance the VA funding fee and include up to $6,000 for energy efficient home improvements.

I am delinquent on my current mortgage. Can I still get a VA Cash Out Refinance Loan?

This depends on your lender. The VA allows it, and many lenders will also allow you to refinance as long as you are financially able to make the new payments. If you are a delinquent on your current mortgage because of excess debt, the lender will probably require you to consolidate that debt into your new mortgage loan in order to lower you interest rates on your unsecured debt and give you a more affordable monthly payment.

How much does the VA guarantee my loan for with a VA Cash Out Refinance?

The highest amount the VA will guarantee a Cash Out Refinance mortgage for is $36,000.

Still have questions?

More information on refinancing options is available through the Department of Veterans Affairs or by contacting your VA Regional Loan Service Center.

Kentucky VA Loan Refinance and Purchase Guidelines


 

How do I refinance using my Kentucky VA Home Loan?

You can use your Kentucky VA home loan benefit to refinance your existing VA home loan to a lower

interest rate, with little or no out-of-pocket cost. This is called an Interest Rate Reduction

Refinancing Loan (IRRRL), also known as a “rapid refinance” or a “streamline refinance.”

Generally, no appraisal, credit information, or underwriting is required for this refinancing

option, although some lenders may require an appraisal and credit report. The fees and

charges associated with the refinancing loan may be incorporated into the new VA loan.

Remember: The interest rate on the new loan must be lower than the rate on the old loan

(unless you refinance an adjustable-rate mortgage to a fixed-rate mortgage).

To receive an IRRRL, work with your lender to process your application. It’s generally a good

idea to compare several lenders’ rates first, as there may be large differences in the terms

they offer. Also, some lenders may contact you suggesting that they are the only lenders

with the authority to make IRRRLs, but according to VA, any lender can

make you an IRRRL.

An IRRRL can be done only if you have already used

your eligibility for a KentuckyVA loan on the property you intend to

refinance. If you have your Certificate of Eligibility, take it

to the lender to show your prior use of the entitlement.

The occupancy requirement for an IRRRL is different from that for

other VA loans. When you originally got your Kentucky  VA loan, you certified

that you occupied or intended to occupy the home. For an IRRRL, you

need only certify that you previously occupied it.

The loan may not exceed the sum of the outstanding balance on the existing VA loan,

plus allowable fees and closing costs, including the funding fee.

What’s the Cash-out Refinance Option?

The Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2008 allows you to free up cash with a cash-out

refinance, a VA home loan refinance program in which you can cash-out on the equity you

have built up in your home. As an example, if you still owe $70,000 on your original loan, you

can refinance for a $90,000 loan, which gives you a cash-out of $20,000.

An appraisal is required and you must qualify for the loan. If you are refinancing for the first

time, VA charges a 2.15% funding fee for this program (2.15% of the total loan) which can be

rolled into the loan amount. If you refinance more than once, the funding fee is 3.3%.

There is no minimum amount of time that you must own your home, yet your home must have

sufficient equity to qualify for KEntuckyVA refinancing. Existing loans can be refinanced whether they

are in a current or delinquent status, but refinancing loans are subject to the same income

and credit requirements as regular home loans. As long as you have title to the property

you can refinance an assumed loan. Check with your lender as there are some additional

regulations concerning assumed loans.

Conventional to VA Refinance

If you do not have a KentuckyVA home loan but are eligible for one, you can refinance a subprime or

conventional mortgage for up to 100 percent of the value of the property. Usually you will be

charged a funding fee of around 2-3 percent (depending on the lender you choose) if you are

using your VA loan guarantee for the first time. Benefits to this type of refinancing are that

your new interest rate may be lower and you will have no monthly mortgage insurance or outof-

pocket closing costs.

Can I reuse my Kentucky VA Home Loan benefit?

The Kentucky VA  home loan benefit can be reused if you have paid off your priorKentucky VA loan and sold the

property. In addition you may, on a one-time-only basis, be able to reuse or restore your

benefit eligibility if your prior VA loan has been paid in full and you still own the property.

In either case, to restore your eligibility, you must send a completed VA Form 26-1880 to your

VA Eligibility Center. (See VA Loan Documents Checklist Above.)

To prevent delays in processing, you should also include evidence that the prior loan has

been paid in full and, if applicable, the property disposed of. This evidence can be presented

in the form of a paid-in-full statement from the former lender, or a copy of the HUD-1

settlement statement completed in connection with a sale of the property or refinance of the

prior loan.

Depending on the circumstances, if you have already used a portion of your VA-guaranteed

amount (up to $89,912), and the used portion cannot be restored, any remaining portion of

your VA guarantee is available for use on another loan. You will have to ask your lender if your

remaining VA-guaranteed portion will be enough, or if you will need to make a down payment

to qualify for the loan. If you have a question about your specific case, contact VA.

 

 

 

What are the advantages of a Kentucky VA Home Loan?

The following is a quick list of reasons why a Kentucky VA loan may be your best option:

No down payment required

VA funding fee may be financed in the loan

VA Loans do not require perfect credit – there is no credit score cut-off

VA funding fees may be waived for veterans with VA rated service-connected

disabilities and surviving spouses of veterans with service-connected disabilities

 

Closing costs may be shared between the buyer and lender

Flexible mortgage types – fixed, hybrid and traditional ARMs

No mortgage insurance premiums – this is huge in today’s housing market

VA guarantied mortgages are assumable

No pre-payment penalties

Homes are inspected and appraised by VA prior to approval and/or during

construction

 

VA can offer assistance to veteran borrowers in default due to temporary financial

difficulty

 

Refinance and Interest Rate Reduction loans are available

All in all, the pros far outweigh the cons. And, considering there are very few “no-down

 

payment” mortgage options around that offer lower associated fees, using your VA home

 

loan benefit seems like a no-brainer – as long as the red tape doesn’t scare you.