Our VA home loan professionals understand the unique needs of veterans and service members.
VA loans are backed by the U.S. government, so they offer advantages over other types of mortgages.
The overall requirements for VA loans are more flexible than those for traditional loans, and there are no down payment or private mortgage insurance requirements. That means it’s often easier to qualify for a VA home loan than for a traditional mortgage.
To qualify for a VA home loan, you need a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the VA. Visit to the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs website to learn more about qualifying and request your COE. Once you have your COE, you can apply for a VA loan.
With a VA home loan, there’s no down payment requirement, and you don’t need to purchase private mortgage insurance.
If you want to buy a home within the next few months, then it’s a good idea to get preapproved. Preapproval shows the seller that you’re serious about buying and you have the funds you need to make a purchase. If you’re searching for a home in a competitive market, preapproval makes your offer more attractive to sellers and gives you a critical advantage over other potential buyers.
While many lenders cancel their preapprovals after 90 days, there’s no expiration date on ours. If any of the documents in your credit approval file are out of date, we’ll offer you the opportunity to update them so that you can keep your preapproval in place.
Your credit score affects the interest rate you qualify for when you apply for a mortgage. With a higher credit score, you can usually qualify for a lower interest rate, which lowers your monthly payment and reduces the overall cost of your loan.
However, because VA home loans are backed by the U.S. government, you may still qualify for an VA home loan, even if you don’t have a great credit score.
If you’re not sure what your credit score is, you can request a free copy of your credit score every 12 months from https://www.freecreditreport.com/. If your credit score isn’t as high as you’d like it to be, here are some tips for improving your credit.
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