VA guaranteed loans are made by lenders and guaranteed against payment default by the US Government. The Government created the VA loan program as a benefit for those who served in the Armed Forces. The biggest advantage of the VA Loan program is that the borrower can purchase a home with zero down.
Low to no down paymentSome of the key advantages of the VA loan are:
- Seller contributions are allowed
- More flexible underwriting (approval)
- Closing costs that lenders can charge are restricted (e.g. Loan Origination Fee cannot exceed 1%)
- The VA Funding Fee is waived if the veteran is determined to be “disabled”
- VA loans are “assumable” to other qualified buyers
- VA Refinances can be streamlined (less documentation required for approval)
- Some closing costs may be financed (less out of pocket expenses)
- The VA loan is guaranteed by the US Government which makes it more desirable for lenders and other institutions
The US Government does not set a limit on the amount of money a veteran can borrow under this program. However, since the loan guarantee is limited most lenders have limits on how much can be borrowed and where there is a down payment requirement on higher loan amount. Here is a list of maximum guaranteed loan limits by State and County.