What is a VA Loan?

 

VA loans are a special type of home mortgage designed to provide long-term home financing to active military members and veterans. In many instances, their interest rates can be better than other conventional loans. These home loans are guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and offered by participating approved lenders like Waterstone Mortgage. VA loans allow eligible veterans and active military personnel to realize their homeownership dreams and help existing VA homeowners with money-saving refinance options.

Who is Eligible for a VA Loan?

 

  • Active-duty military
  • Veterans
  • Reservists and members of the National Guard
  • Some surviving spouses of veterans

 

VA Loan Benefits

 

  • No penalty fee if you pay the loan off early
  • No private mortgage insurance requirements
  • No down payment option available
  • Less than perfect credit can apply
  • VA may be able to provide some assistance if mortgage payment problems arise

 

Certificate of Eligibility

 

In order to apply for a VA-sponsored loan, you will need to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Your COE verifies to lenders that you meet the requirements necessary to obtain a VA-sponsored loan. Applying for a COE is straightforward and can be done online, through the mail or through a lender.

Active duty military personnel and current National Guard members or Reservists who have never been federal active service will need to present a current statement of service in order to obtain a COE.

Veterans and current or former National Guard members and Reservists that have been activated for federal active service will need to present a DD Form 214 confirming their past service.

Learn More about the VA Loan Application Process

A Waterstone Mortgage home loan professional will answer any question you may have and walk you through the loan application process.

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