22 Sep First Time Home Buyers
Purchasing your first home can be exciting and intimidating at the same time, perhaps even more so when you’re figuring out the VA home loan process. There are a lot of questions you probably have. Thankfully, we are here to provide you with the answers you need.
Our goal is to make your first time home buying experience easier and less intimidating. Understanding the application process can greatly reduce the unknown and stresses that come with doing something for the first time. To make it easier on you, visit our page of the best VA mortgage lenders and they’ll be more than happy to ease you through the process of securing your VA home mortgage financing and buying your first home.
Which loan option is best for your situation?
Even if you’re at the very beginning of the home buying process, you have probably already discovered there are several options out there for financing your first mortgage. Each program has its own benefits. For current military members, veterans, and military families, the VA Loan often provides the exact benefits they desire.
What are the benefits of a VA home mortgage?
Manageable qualification requirements
- Since these loans are financially backed (guaranteed) by the Department of Veterans Affairs and thus lenders assume less risk, there are no credit checks for qualification and even when factoring interest rates, a borrower’s credit score is less of an issue than with traditional home loans.
Down payments are not required
- For a lot of first time home buyers, saving thousands of dollars toward a down payment is daunting. This is the same for service members and veterans. With a traditional mortgage, a home buyer would need to put down a minimum of 5 percent toward the purchase price of their house and with Financial Housing Administration (FHA) loans they would have to put down 3.5 percent.
- That means, if the home is $250,000, a traditional lender would require $12,500 down and an FHA lender would require $8,700. Knocking that number down to $0 allows service members and veterans an opportunity to buy a home they otherwise might not have had.
Monthly payments are lower than traditional home loans
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- Thanks to competitive interest rates available through the VA Loan program as well as the absence of a private mortgage insurance (PMI) requirement, VA Loan borrowers are able to save thousands of dollars throughout the life of their home loan.
What is your price range?
After you decided to start searching for your first home, the initial question you probably asked yourself was, “What are affordable payments for me?” There are a number of factors that go into landing yourself a mortgage payment that you can manage.
We at Veterans Anonymous have created a payment calculator for the VA Loan program. Give it a spin and see how much of a payment you would feel secure in.
The main factors that determine an affordable mortgage are:
- Existing payments toward debt
- Annual income
- How much is put down for a down payment, if any
- Extra factors, such as homeowner association fees and insurance
Helping you find a real estate agent
Since the process can be complex, make sure you find a real estate agent who knows the process of qualifying and financing a VA home mortgage. It’s also important to find an agent who can identify the requirements of current military members and veterans.
Because of this, we at Veterans Anonymous have compiled a directory of real estate agents who specialize in helping military families find the right home for them.
How do you get pre-approved for a VA home loan?
To begin with, you’ll want to set up an appointment with a loan officer. The loan officer will look over your financial situation and figure out how much of a loan you are qualified for. Once that is determined, you will complete and submit the application.
If you have questions or would like to begin the process, visit our Specialist page and get started!
Additional Resources For First Time Home Buyers
Here are some pages we have set up just for home buyers trying to qualify for the VA home loan program:
VA Loan Frequently Asked Questions
Derek McDooglePosted at 15:26h, 25 November
My brother told me that he has been saving money to buy a new home but since he is a first-time buyer, he is not sure where to start the process. I found it interesting when you said that for a lot of first time home buyers, saving thousands of dollars toward a down payment is daunting. thanks for sharing this article, I will tell my brother to read it so that he can have a better idea and also to make sure to hire a professional to help him get better options.
Stefan BradleyPosted at 16:57h, 03 July
Thanks for mentioning that you should consider your annual income when deciding if a mortgage is affordable. My wife and I are looking for a new home that is out of state but we are on a tight budget and need to make considerations before purchasing a home. We will keep this article in mind as we continue looking for an affordable home.
Sam LiPosted at 21:01h, 31 January
I like what you said about determining your price range. I think that hiring a real estate agent is a wise move. I want to buy my first home, so I’ll be sure to call a reliable real estate agent.
Richard DavisPosted at 11:34h, 08 August
I agree it is really important you know how much is your price range or your budget. There will be unexpected fees along the way when buying a house so it is important to set your budget right. Great blog by the way and thanks for sharing.
Michael D. RichardsonPosted at 18:04h, 25 May
My name is Michael Richardson and I am currently a member of the Missouri National Guard, and interested in purchasing my first home, along with help the VA Loan advisory. I’m knew to this whole process and would like some advice as to where to start, please and thank you, have a nice day.
VA.org EditorPosted at 13:33h, 02 June
You can read more about the Home Buying Process here: https://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/resources_veteran.asp