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What is the eligibility criteria for a VA loan?

To qualify for a VA loan, you have to meet one or more of the following:

  • You served 90 consecutive days of active service during wartime
  • You served 180 days of active service during peacetime
  • You have 6 years of service in the National Guard or Reserve, or served 90 days under Title 10 or Title 32 orders
  • You are a spouse of a service member who died while serving or due to a service-related disability

Click here for more details about eligibility.

Can a VA loan be used for purchasing investment properties?

Yes and no. VA loans are intended for primary residence purchases only. They cannot be used to buy investment properties or vacation homes. However, if you intend to occupy the property for at least a year, then this would be an acceptable use of the VA loan.

An example would be the purchase of a duplex property. If you purchased the property and lived in one side of the duplex, you could then move one year later (or if you have a qualifying life circumstance) and keep the property as a rental. In this situation, the home was not originally an investment, it was a primary residence. This is an acceptable property for purchasing with the VA loan.

How does the VA loan funding fee work?

The VA loan funding fee is a one-time cost that goes to the Veterans Affairs to help sustain the VA loan program. While veterans with service-connected disabilities may be exempt, most borrowers pay this fee, which can be rolled into the loan amount. The fee's percentage varies based on factors like the borrower's military category, down payment amount, and whether it's the first or subsequent use of the VA loan benefit.

Read more about the funding fee here

Are you exempt from paying the funding fee? Talk with one of our VA loan specialists to see!

Are VA loans limited to certain types of properties?

While VA loans can be used for various property types, including single-family homes and condominiums, they cannot be used for unapproved properties such as fixer-uppers or income-generating farms. The property must meet the VA's Minimum Property Requirements (MPRs) to ensure it's safe, sanitary, and structurally sound.

Click here to learn more about VA eligible properties.

Can active-duty military members stationed overseas use a VA loan to purchase a home in the United States?

Yes, active-duty military members stationed overseas can use a VA loan to purchase a home in the United States. The key is to work with a lender experienced in handling long-distance transactions. It's crucial to plan ahead, considering potential time zone differences and utilizing technology for virtual tours, document signings, and communication.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some common questions we get about the VA Loan.

To qualify for a VA loan, you have to meet one or more of the following:

  • You served 90 consecutive days of active service during wartime
  • You served 180 days of active service during peacetime
  • You have 6 years of service in the National Guard or Reserve, or served 90 days under Title 10 or Title 32 orders
  • You are a spouse of a service member who died while serving or due to a service-related disability

Learn more about eligibility >

Yes and no. VA loans are intended for primary residence purchases only. They cannot be used to buy investment properties or vacation homes. However, if you intend to occupy the property for at least a year, then this would be an acceptable use of the VA loan.

An example would be the purchase of a duplex property. If you purchased the property and lived in one side of the duplex, you could then move one year later (or if you have a qualifying life circumstance) and keep the property as a rental. In this situation, the home was not originally an investment, it was a primary residence. This is an acceptable property for purchasing with the VA loan.

Yes and no. VA loans are intended for primary residence purchases only. They cannot be used to buy investment properties or vacation homes. However, if you intend to occupy the property for at least a year, then this would be an acceptable use of the VA loan.

An example would be the purchase of a duplex property. If you purchased the property and lived in one side of the duplex, you could then move one year later (or if you have a qualifying life circumstance) and keep the property as a rental. In this situation, the home was not originally an investment, it was a primary residence. This is an acceptable property for purchasing with the VA loan.

Read more about the funding fee >

Are you exempt from the funding fee? Talk with our VA loan specialists to see!

While VA loans can be used for various property types, including single-family homes and condominiums, they cannot be used for unapproved properties such as fixer-uppers or income-generating farms. The property must meet the VA’s Minimum Property Requirements (MPRs) to ensure it’s safe, sanitary, and structurally sound.

Learn more about VA eligible properties >

Yes, active-duty military members stationed overseas can use a VA loan to purchase a home in the United States. The key is to work with a lender experienced in handling long-distance transactions. It’s crucial to plan ahead, considering potential time zone differences and utilizing technology for virtual tours, document signings, and communication.

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2024 VA Home Loan Guide

VA Guide

This short guide is designed to provide you the most important details of the VA Loan in an easy-to-use format. Print it out and read at your leisure.

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