As a veteran, you have earned the benefits that come with a Veterans’ Administration (VA) Home Loan. But is a VA loan the right choice for you?
Advantages of a VA Loan
No down payment is required for a VA home loan. You have the option of making a down payment if you want to lower your loan amount or monthly payment, but it is not required.
- No monthly Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) is required because your loan is guaranteed by the VA.
- Interest rates for VA loans are typically competitive with other loan programs and often better than conventional loans. It all depends on your individual situation.
- There is a Funding Fee required for VA loans. This is paid to the VA to help offset the costs of a VA loan guarantee. However, much of this cost is offset by the fact that you don’t have a down payment or PMI. This fee is also waived if you are a disabled Veteran.
Advantages of a Conventional Loan
If you have a great credit score and 20% down payment, then a conventional loan may be a better option.
- VA loans are only for your primary residence. Conventional loans are often better for a second home or investment property.
Your lender can review both programs and help you make an informed decision. By meeting with lender first, you can review your information and prequalify for a loan. This will help you determine the price range to begin your home search.
Most lenders can also use an automated system to get your Certificate of Eligibility for a VA loan. If automated system doesn’t generate a certificate, then borrower can go online to the VA portal and follow the process to obtain this themselves.
There are multiple types of loans available to veterans. The VA home loan offers significant advantages in many ways. But it may not be the best choice for everyone.
Talk with a mortgage lender about your options. While the lender can’t legally give specific financial advice, Lincoln Lending (NMLS # 398026) has an experienced team that can review your information and discuss the alternatives available to you. We offer a no-cost, no-obligation coaching session to help you make wise choices about home ownership. To schedule yours, please call (405) 799-5363 or email us at info@LincolnOK.com.