What Can a VA Loan Be Used For?

What Can a VA Loan Be Used For-1

What Can a VA Loan Be Used For?

What Projects You Can Use Your VA Home Loan For

The VA Loan basics

The VA Home Mortgage Program is administered through the Department of Veteran Affairs to give veterans and current service members alternative options, fitted for their circumstances, when buying a home. When the GI Bill (also known as the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act) was created in 1944, the VA Home Loan was born. While the VA only guarantees, or insures, the loans, this assurance helps alleviate a lot of risk for the private lenders who fund the program, and thus borrowers are able to get great terms.

What kind of properties can you buy or improve with a VA Loan?

There are a variety of ways borrowers can use their VA Home Loan. You can buy, improve, build, or refinance, your primary residence. In most cases, rental properties are not eligible and vacation residences are never eligible for the program. There are a number of condominium and townhouse communities that can be included in the program and almost all types of residential properties are accepted, even manufactured homes. For refinancing, there are a couple of VA-qualified options as well as options for making energy efficient upgrades.

Some of the usual types of projects used for the VA Loan program are:

  • Purchase a permanent family residence
  • Purchase a condo in a VA-qualified community
  • Purchase a multi-unit property of up to four units, as long as you live in one of them
  • Complete upgrades to improve the energy efficiency of a home
  • Purchase a lot or a manufactured home
  • Refinance a mortgage
  • Upgrade or repair a primary home

How can you refinance with a VA Home Mortgage?

There are two main options for refinancing with a VA Home Loan. With the Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL), also called the VA Streamline Loan, you can not only receive a lower interest rate, but you can also refinance either a VA Loan or a non-VA loan with this program, as long as you qualify. With the Cash-Out refinance program, you can refinance your mortgage and receive cash back.

What else do you need to know?

The best feature of the VA Home Mortgage program is the $0 down payment option. Service members, veterans, and their families are able to finance 100 percent of their home purchase, including any closing costs and the VA funding fees. Plus, there are no requirements for mortgage insurance.

Make sure you fully research this program before applying. Once you are ready to apply though, visit our qualified lender page to find someone in your area to talk to and get a quote.

4 Comments
  • Regina
    Posted at 13:05h, 10 February Reply

    Hello Skylar. My father-in-law was able to receive a ramp through the VA. A VA loan is not necessary, as this would fall under the HISA grant. It is available for all veterans that show a need for a ramp, whether their disability is due to their time in service or normal aging. You can contact your local VA office for assistance.

  • Skylar Williams
    Posted at 20:15h, 15 August Reply

    I had no idea that someone could use a VA loan to upgrade the energy efficiency of a home. My dad is a veteran and he came back injured so I think he qualifies for a VA loan. I wonder if he could use the loan to install a ramp in his home for his wheelchair.

  • Sariah Meagle
    Posted at 00:44h, 26 February Reply

    It’s a good thing my husband can acquire a VA home loan so that we can improve our home. In case we need to refinance our mortgage, we can use it for that as well. As long as we qualify, we can get a get a lower interest rate using it.

  • Olivia Pearson
    Posted at 18:27h, 18 December Reply

    I appreciate how you said that VA loans can be helpful in purchasing a lot or manufactured home! My friend is thinking of building her own home with her family on beachfront property. I’m sure she’d really benefit from finding a VA loan program in her area to help her finance the lot she’s always wanted to build a home on. Thanks for the information.

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