VA-Veteran Home Loan Program-Your Key To Homeownership

Many people are kept out of the housing market due to lack of sufficient down payment and/or funds available for closing costs.  Yet these potential homeowners can afford to make a rental payment that would be equivalent to a mortgage payment.  In fact, the lack of resources keeps veterans renting instead of becoming owners as they try saving money to buy a home.  Meanwhile home prices continue to appreciate as housing continues to rise in cost.

Here is where the Veteran Home loan program excels over competing loan products.  VA mortgages allow for a home to be financed in one loan up to 100% of the acquired home’s value.  In addition, the seller is allowed to pay most-if not all-of the closing costs and prepaid items.  This means little to no cash out of pocket.  Most housing types are eligible:  residential homes, condominiums, townhouses, manufactured homes, new construction and even 1-4 unit rentals (additional conditions apply).  If lack of available funds is the issue preventing home ownership, VA Loans offer the solution.

Still, very few veterans take advantage this type of mortgage.   It is a shame that more veterans don’t familiarize themselves with this benefit.  The interest rate is the same or lower than most conventional financing.  The mortgage products offered range from 10-30 year fixed rate mortgages, ARM’s (adjustable rate mortgages), and even temporary buy-downs are allowed.  The eligible loan amount is the same as a conforming conventional loan-currently at 417K.   In addition, VA financing can be used for refinancing existing homes. As you can see, the product isn’t the problem.  The product is as competitive as most that is available.  The lack of awareness is the problem.  Ask your mortgage broker or lender to explain your options.  If they don’t offer the VA mortgage, then find someone who does.  We at Venture Development offer VA loans- .  In the end, you may end up with a conventional or FHA loan if these products are better suited for your situation.  Until you compare mortgage options you won’t know what is right for you.

Another advantage of a Veteran mortgage is the flexibility found within the underwriting process.  Employment history is very flexible.  Credit for all types of mortgages is more stringent today than in the past.  That being said, the focus is going to be on the last 12 months of payment history.  Underwriting can use alternative sources of credit such as utility bills and cancelled checks if the credit depth is weak.  A prior BK or foreclosure is also forgivable.  Depending on the type of bankruptcy, you would be eligible one to two years following your discharge date if you’ve reestablished positive credit. 

Who is eligible to obtain this loan?  Many veterans and even some of their spouses can obtain a veteran mortgage.  Here is a very short list of who is eligible:  Veterans who served during WWII, Korean Conflict, Vietnam War, or Persian Gulf Conflict AND who have served 90 days of active duty, or have been honorably discharged, or were National Guard/Reservists activated.   Veterans with service during Peacetime periods and active duty military personnel must have had more than 181 days of consecutive active service before becoming eligible.  Reservists and National Guardsmen are eligible after 6 years of enrollment in a selected service.  There is even a program for non active duty spouses.  Consider this:  an un-married spouse of a veteran who died while in service or from a service connected disability or a spouse of a serviceperson who is considered MIA/POW for at least 90 days are also eligible.

Veterans have spent a part of their live defending our way of life.  Freedom isn’t free.  Why shouldn’t they be allowed to participate in the very same American Dream that they selflessly protected for you and me.  The VA loan was created to help those that have helped all of us.  Collectively we can spread the word about the benefits of this unique type of loan.

Are you a Veteran?  If so, thank you for your commitment to making our world safer.


You may be eligble for a VA loan.  The advantage of a VA loan is that they finance homes up to 100% of the value.  We have conventional products that allow for the same thing.  Which product is right for you is situation dependent.  Call us to discuss your scenario