VA home loans were created toÂ benefit current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
VA loans require no down payment, no mortgage insurance, and come with access to lower mortgage rates than with other common loan types.
Over 20 million veterans have taken advantage of the program since its creation in 1944. Some 700,000 obtained a VA loan in 2016 alone. The VA home loan program is popular, andÂ gaining steam.
For good reason, too.
VA mortgage rates today as much as 50 basis points (0.50%) lower than rates available for conventional mortgage loans; and mortgage insurance is never required with the VA program -- regardless of your downpayment.
VA-eligible mortgage applicants save thousands in mortgage interest throughout their loan term.Click to see today's rates (Apr 30th, 2017)
VA mortgage rates are among the lowest of all available mortgage rates. There are several reasons why.
The first reason why VA mortgage rates are low is because VA home loansÂ are guaranteed against loss by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Lenders assume very little risk on VA loans.
A second reason that mortgage rates are low for VA loans is that the program boasts some of the lowest default rates of any mortgage loan type. Lower default risk leads to lower future costs and rock-bottom rates.
A third reason is competition.
Lenders like to make VA loans for the two reasons above, and the competition for veteransâ€™ business has createdÂ downward pressure on prices.
Comparison shop VA-approved lenders and you'll see how low rates can be.
Rates for theÂ VA streamline refinanceÂ are extremely competitive, for example, and theÂ program has helped tens of thousands of military borrowers reduce their monthly payment.Click to see today's rates (Apr 30th, 2017)
Among the benefits of a VA loan is that the program allows for â€śjumboâ€ť loan sizes in some U.S. cities without charging its borrowers extra.
For example, VA buyers can borrow up to $424,100 with no money down, which means that any U.S. home sold for $424,100 or less can be financed 100%.
However, this $424,100 limit is just a minimum.Â In certain â€śexpensiveâ€ť parts of the country, however, VA loan limits range much higher.
Consider that the average sales price for a single-family home is nearÂ $260,000, according to the National Association of REALTORSÂ®. Yet, in San Francisco, California; or, New York City, buyers would be hard-pressed to find a home for even two or three times that amount.
To help its military borrowers, then, the Department of Veterans Affairs has chosen to extend its maximum loan limits in cities in which costs are typically higher.
As a few examples of the VAâ€™s extended loan limits:
The 2017 VA loan limits chart tops out at $721,050 for home buyers in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Homes can be purchased with no money down and at very low rates.
VA mortgage applicants aren't required to give in-depth, in-person applications. Most applications can handled online, or over the phone, with needing documentation on-hand.
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2017 Conforming, FHA, & VA Loan Limits
Mortgage loan limits for every U.S. county, as published by Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)