Kentucky VA Lending Guide


via Kentucky VA Lending Guide

 

Kentucky VA loans are typically the best solution for our honored veterans and service members. Contrary to popular belief, VA loans are fairly easy to process and tend to not be any more complicated than any other loan program that we offer.Here are some of our favorite features of Kentucky VA loans:

  1. No Down Payment – VA is a true 100% financing loan with no minimum investment required.
  2. No Monthly Mortgage Insurance – VA loans do not require monthly mortgage insurance, providing significant cost savings to our Veterans. They do require an upfront Funding Fee of 0 to 3.6% that is paid directly to the VA. This funding fee is financed into the loan and may be waived for some buyers based on their scenario.
  3. Credit scores – Interest rates and underwriting requirements are less credit score sensitive than other loan programs. In some scenarios, we are able to lend to buyers with scores in the mid-500s. Buyers without a credit score may be eligible with additional requirements.
  4. Renovation loans – We can do purchase and refinance loans that roll the cost of minor and cosmetic repairs into the loan amount.
  5. Property Types – VA Loans can be used on 1-4 unit properties, primary residence only. They can also be used on VA approved condominiums and qualifying manufactured homes.

VA Loans are issued by federally qualified lenders and are guaranteed by the United States Veterans Administration.  VA Loans are available to military personnel and veterans, including Reservists and members of the National Guard. Surviving spouses may be eligible in specific circumstances.

VA Loan eligibility is determined using the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) document. We work directly with the VA on the buyer’s behalf to obtain this document. A buyer can take advantage of the VA loan program more than once!

 

Kentucky VA Refinance Guidelines


via Kentucky VA Refinance Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) designed a mortgage loan specifically for veterans, active-duty service members and reservists to make it easier for them to buy a home. While some borrowers may be familiar with this loan, they may not know certain details.

VA home loans don’t have a limit, are only available through lenders, must be used for primary residences and eligible to surviving spouses, and require a Certificate of Eligibility.

Let’s take a closer look:

1. There isn’t a cap on the amount someone could borrow.

Unlike many other mortgage loans, VA loans don’t have a set cap on how much money a borrower could receive, according to the VA. This essentially means there isn’t a limit. However, the VA itself does, with it only assuming liability on a certain amount.

“The loan limits are the amount a qualified Veteran with full entitlement may be able to borrow without making a down payment.”

Specifically, “there are limits on the amount of liability VA can assume, which usually affects the amount of money an institution will lend you,” states the department. “The loan limits are the amount a qualified Veteran with full entitlement may be able to borrow without making a down payment. These loan limits vary by county, since the value of a house depends in part on its location.”

These limits also tend to change from year to year, and can be viewed on the VA’s official website.

 

2. VA loans cannot be used to purchase vacation homes.

One of the stipulations of a VA home loan is that the property being purchased must be used as the borrower’s primary residence. This means any vacation homes, as well as properties buyers are interested in purchasing for investment purposes, do not qualify. However, buyers aren’t limited to only single-family homes. Multi-family homes, some condominiums, and manufactured homes, are also eligible—they just need to be approved by the VA beforehand.

 

3. Some surviving spouses are eligible.

As aforementioned, VA home loans were developed to help veterans, active-duty service members and reservists afford a home. Still, there are some exceptions in which surviving spouses may be eligible, as well. Several conditions in which this could take place, as described by the VA, include:

A surviving spouse of a veteran who was killed in action or by a combat-related disability may qualify, for example, as long as he or she is not remarried. A spouse of an active-duty service member “missing in action or a prisoner of war” could obtain this type of loan, too.

Additionally, any surviving spouses who remarry on or after age 57, and on or after December 16, 2003, or who are married to a “certain totally disabled” veteran “whose disability may not have been the cause of death,” are also considered an eligible candidate.

 

4. The VA doesn’t provide borrowers with the loan.

The VA created the loan and guarantees it, but the agency doesn’t actually provide qualified borrowers with a VA loan. Applicants would need to be approved by a trusted mortgage lender and obtain the funds that way, instead.

5. Borrowers must receive a Certificate of Eligibility.

Although borrowers have to apply for a VA home loan via a lender, they must receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the VA to be approved, which they can do online, via mail, or through their lender. A COE simply proves that they are suitable candidates and meet the loan’s qualifications. Since different types of buyers could be eligible, the VA breaks down what each one would need to obtain a COE:

For instance, any veterans applying need a DD Form 214, and are “required to have a copy showing the character of service (item 24) and the narrative reason for separation (item 28).”

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