By Matt Allen
Vice President, Portfolio Lending (NMLS #415037)

What is a VA Loan?

Jul 05, 2022

  • VA Refinance
  • VA Loans

VA loan is an exclusive, low-cost loan that helps enlisted service members and veterans of the United States military achieve their dream of home ownership. The VA loan was established in 1944 to help military service members buy a home after returning from World War II.  VA loans are backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and can typically be used to finance up to 100% of a primary residence.

VA Loans vs. Conventional Loans

As an active duty service member or veteran, it’s important that you’re aware of the unique advantages that VA loans have to offer, especially when it comes to purchasing your first home. Compare the benefits of a VA loan to those of a conventional loan:

VA Loan benefits

How do VA home loan benefits work?

Eligible VA borrowers may finance up to 100% of the purchase price of a home. Your loan officer would be happy to discuss your options based on your individual situation and where you live. What many don’t know is that your VA benefits never expire, and you may use your benefits as many times as you wish for future home purchases or refinances. If you own a home that is currently being financed with a VA loan, you may purchase a new primary residence using another VA loan if you have enough remaining VA eligibility. So even if you have used the majority, or even all your VA entitlement to purchase a home, your entitlement can be fully restored once you repay your loan in full. 

VA loans can be used for:

Here's a calculator to help determine what your VA loan payments will be based on the purchased price, down payment, interest rate, military experience, and prior VA loan use. For more information on how you can secure a VA loan, contact a NASB VA approved lending officer at 1-855-465-0753 or visit here to learn more about VA loans

*VA requires a down payment if the borrower does not have sufficient entitlement, for Graduated Loan Payment loans or one where the loan amount exceeds the property value.