The Wood Group of Fairway is proud to support our service members and veterans by regularly supporting American Warrior Initiative, providing training to our realtors in the intricacies of VA loans, and helping military members achieve the dream of homeownership.
A mortgage backed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can provide an affordable financing option for eligible service members, veterans, and surviving spouses. These loans do not require a down payment, offer lower closing costs, and allow eligible borrowers to keep their savings secure. VA loans also feature:
- No prepayment penalties
- No private mortgage insurance (PMI)
- 100% financing with full VA entitlement*
- Fixed- and adjustable-rate mortgage options
- The ability to roll financing fees into the loan amount
- A variety of eligible property types (including townhomes and VA-approved condos)
VA loan eligibility requires that borrowers first obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) based on the length of service or service commitment, duty status, and the character of service.
If you’re interested in a VA home loan, here are a few of program options you can speak through with a loan officer:
Borrowers currently serving the armed forces with the chance of relocating in the near term may benefit from the flexibility of an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM). These loans offer lower introductory rates that are susceptible to change after the initial fixed-rate period. Because of this change, market fluctuations may raise or lower your monthly payment.
Fixed-rate mortgages help protect you from market fluctuations by ensuring that the rate remains the same over the life of the mortgage. Additionally, you can select different terms, or lengths, of the loan (10, 15, 20, 25, or 30-year term). Note that a fixed-rate loan may have higher monthly payments, but they also provide opportunity to build equity in your home faster than you might otherwise. This equity can be used as a down payment for your next home or a cash-out refinance. If you have plans to be in your home for a longer period of time, a fixed-rate mortgage might be the right solution for you.
A cash-out refinance can help current homeowners pay for major expenses like debt, college tuition, or home improvements by giving you cash out of your home equity by replacing your current mortgage with a new mortgage valued at more than you owe on your house. You can also refinance a non-VA loan into a new VA loan using this refinance option.
Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan
An interest rate reduction refinance loan (IRRRL) can help lower your interest rate and reduce your monthly payment by refinancing your existing VA loan. You can also refinance an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) into a fixed-rate mortgage using this option. However, there are no cash proceeds available with an IRRRL.
Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) Veterans Housing Assistance Program (VHAP)
The State of Texas also provides aid to eligible Texas veterans to help with the purchase of a home using a competitive, low-interest loan with little or no down payment. Additional offers exist for veterans with a VA service-connected disability rating of 30% or more.
To view requirements and details for the VLB program, visit their website today. If you qualify, be sure to mention that to your loan officer.
* A down payment is required if the borrower does not have full VA entitlement or if the loan amount is greater than $417,000.