Wednesday, August 16, 2023

 Understanding the VA Home Loan

The VA Home Loan program is designed to assist veterans, active-duty service members, and surviving spouses looking to purchase a new primary home. This loan program offers numerous advantages, granting qualified borrowers the opportunity to purchase homes with remarkable ease.

One of the most distinctive features of VA loans is the ability to secure a 100% loan, effectively eliminating the need for a down payment. This noteworthy benefit stands in contrast to conventional loans that typically require down payments, often accompanied by mandatory Mortgage Insurance, a requirement when the down payment falls below 20%. Additionally, VA loans often allow greater flexibility in terms of lower credit score requirements and higher debt ratios, opening doors for a wider range of applicants. In some cases, interest rates for VA loans can be more favorable than those associated with conventional financing. It's important to clarify that the VA does not directly provide the funds, but rather partners with mortgage lenders to facilitate these programs, while the VA itself guarantees the loans.

It's important to be aware that VA loans do involve a funding fee, unless you qualify for an exemption, which is determined by your Certificate of Eligibility. This fee can vary between 1.25% and 3.30%, depending on factors such as whether this marks your first utilization of VA benefits, if subsequent use, and whether any down payment is made. This fee may be rolled into the loan, which helps simplify the process.

While VA loans have a predefined loan limit, which is the maximum amount you can borrow without needing a down payment, these limits are not fixed across the board. In 2023, for instance, the standard limit was $726,200 for single-family homes, though it could extend up to $1,089,300 in high-cost areas. To determine the loan limit in your area, you can easily consult your lender or refer to the VA's official website at .

An intriguing aspect of VA home loans is the potential for reuse. Even if you've used your VA home loan benefits previously, you may be able to use them again on a new purchase, provided you meet the program requirements.

Eligibility for a VA home loan extends to veterans who have served in the military on Active Duty, in the Reserves, or the National Guard, and have received an honorable discharge. For Active-Duty service members, eligibility is established once they have completed 90 continuous days of service.

If you're embarking on the journey to homeownership at Lake of the Ozarks, Team Lasson is ready to guide you. Connect with us at or call us at (573) 746-7211. We're dedicated to assisting you in exploring mortgage solutions tailored to your unique financial needs.

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Michael Lasson

Senior Loan Officer

NMLS #: 493712 

First State Bank Mortgage – Michael Lasson 

2751 Bagnell Dam Blvd Suite B 

Lake Ozark, MO 65049

Direct: (573) 746-7211

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