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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Basics of Using a VA Home Loan in Las Vegas

 The Basics of Using a VA Home Loan in Las Vegas

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Club Aliante located near Nellis AFB.

Thousands of military families must relocate   every year, and many desire to purchase a home in their new area. With Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases located near Las Vegas, the city is a popular residential area for military members and their families.

The VA Home Loan offers military members wishing to move to or needing to relocate to Nevada the perfect opportunity to do so for zero money down.

What are the Benefits of a VA Home Loan?

Because it is partially guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA Home Loan program is able to offer veterans and active duty service members great benefits they wouldn’t find in other conventional programs. By securing a VA home loan, military members are able to benefit from:

•    Competitive interest rates
•    Flexible loan terms
•    High loan limits

Qualified military members may receive up to $729,000, which is an extra perk considering that home prices in Las Vegas may vary from $175,000 to higher than $275,000 depending on the neighborhood.

How Do I Qualify for a VA Home Loan?

Securing a VA home loan is a painless process with the help of a Nevada VA Loan Specialist. Because the business is so competitive, many lenders will tailor their services to you and solicit your feedback during the process. There is even a quick and easy process for prospective borrowers can use to determine how much they may qualify for.

To initially qualify for a Nevada VA Home Loan, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

•    Have served for at least 3 months on active duty during war time or served for 181 days on active    during peacetime
•    Have served 6 years in the Reserves or National Guard
•    Be the spouse of a military member killed in action

Veterans and active duty service members must also submit a Certificate of Eligibility in order to qualify for a VA Home Loan. If an eligible military member doesn’t have their COE, they may either request one from the Department of Veterans Affairs by mail, or allow a VA Loan Specialist to obtain one through their online database.

To obtain financing, military members should be aware that most VA-approved lenders will desire a credit score of at least 620. If a veteran or service members score doesn’t reach the minimum or they have an imperfect credit history, they are still asked to apply for a home loan as they may still be eligible.

This post comes to you from James Kelley, an author of vabenefitblog.com and law school student at the University of Missouri.


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