In 1944, with the end of World War II a year away, military men and women were already returning to civilian life. The U.S. government, recognizing the social and financial adjustments facing those who served, enacted the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944 – better known as the G.I. Bill. Subsequent acts over the next decades helped to redefine and broaden veterans’ benefits, but the purpose has remained the same: to give military service members, veterans and their families financial, educational and social benefits in recognition for their service and sacrifice.
Among those benefits is access to mortgage programs that continue to help reduce the financial burden on eligible servicemen and women, veterans and their spouses who want to buy or refinance homes.1
VA purchase loans are available in many of the standard mortgage types – 30- and 15-year fixed and adjustable rate – but come with a number of features that help to reduce some of the costs of purchasing a home, including:
- No down payment
- No private mortgage insurance (PMI)
- Limits on out-of-pocket costs
- No penalty for early loan pay off
Some lenders also offer programs that give an eligible borrower discount points off of a loan that can be applied to closing costs.
Like other loans, a VA loan can be refinanced or modified A VA Cash-Out Refinance Loan lets a borrower use the refinance to take cash out of their loan to use for education, home improvements or other purposes. The VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan’s (IRRRL) name speaks for itself: it is an opportunity to refinance to a lower rate and/or convert an adjustable rate loan to a fixed rate loan.
Find a lender who is ready to serve
Homebuyers who have served in the military or are currently enlisted are entitled to benefits in honor of their service to our country – especially when it comes to owning or refinancing a home. The best place for them to start is with a trusted mortgage lender who can explain all of their different options and help them find the one that is best for their needs.
Eligibility is based on sustainable credit, sufficient income and possession of a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE), which is based on veteran, active duty and spousal status. For more information, visit .