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6 Easy Steps to a VA Loan

Step-by-Step Guide to the VA Loan Process

For many borrowers, applying for any kind of mortgage may seem daunting. But, when broken down, this rundown of 6 steps to getting a VA loan is easy to understand. 1. Select a VA-approved Lender On the surface, it might appear that any lender will do. However, if you dig a little deeper, you may discover that not all lenders are the same. First, only lenders approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can originate VA mortgages. Seco... more

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VA Loan Grants and Waivers for Disabled Veterans

Zero-down-payment mortgages are a great option, but eligible borrowers can expect access to additional benefits if they are qualified, disabled veterans. And, they may qualify for fee waivers and valuable grants too. Two decades. That’s how long John Swanson lived in inadequate housing with hallways and doorways too narrow for his wheelchair. The 100-percent disabled Vietnam-era Veteran endured broken toes and bruised kneecaps before finally ... more

A Look at the Credit Score Benefits of VA Loans

VA loans provide an array of significant homebuying benefits for qualified borrowers, from no down payment or private mortgage insurance to consistently lower interest rates. But one of the biggest benefits of all — more relaxed credit score requirements — can also prove one of the most confusing, especially for first-time buyers. That’s in part because what the VA requires and what lenders need can sometimes be different. The VA doesn’t req... more

Six Traits of Successful VA Homebuyers

The VA loan program has opened the doors of homeownership to millions of military members, veterans and their families since 1944. Millions more are eligible for this historic home loan benefit. But being eligible for a VA loan and ultimately securing one can be two different things. Veterans and service members will need to meet credit, income and other requirements set forth by both the VA and by the lenders that actually make these loans.... more

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Multiple VA loans for Homeowners with PCS Orders

If you are a service member, chances are high that springtime means relocation. Thanks to Permanent Change of Station orders, military families move on an average of every two to three years. That's 2.4 times more than civilian families. Military families who currently own a home financed by a VA loan often scramble to sell in order use their VA loan benefits again in their new location. But the truth is that, under the right circumstances, b... more

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NFL Discounts for Military Families

Football season is here, and lots of people like to go to National League Football (NFL) games.  Boy, they are not cheap!  And if you have a family, the cost quickly becomes prohibitive. Average ticket prices to attend an NFL game are now over 80 per ticket.  That means my family of six would spend $480 just to […]

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