First Time Home Owners Loan Resources

December 30th, 2010

First Time Home Owners Loan -  A Basic Introduction

During the recent span of years, it has been observed that the demand of home loans has increased. The main reason being, the availability of loans in market has increased too. Home loans are now a days available in the market at pretty low and attractive rates.

Home loans are recent craze in the loan market now days. The reason being the fact that, home constitute out as the largest asset that usually people have. While purchasing a home, the person has to invest a very huge amount of money. Some people face trouble, paying out the whole money together for the house, while some can’t even afford to invest money for the home of their choice. Home loans, this way have turned out to be a boon for people, who want to have a home of their choice, but cannot afford it at the moment concerned.

First time buyers now days don’t have to think about the source of money for their homes. Home loans have made the life of a lot of buyers very easy. But, the buyers should be careful while opting or going for a home loan. They should first, make a thorough research of the prevailing interest rates in the market, and then opt or go for any home loan. Borrowers can even go for home loans, by undertaking mortgages. In this, the borrowers take a loan after pledging or securing any asset or securities of theirs, against the sum borrowed by them.

While going for a home loan, the individuals should take care of the other various aspects relating to the home loan. An individual before going for a home loan should take care, before deciding the principal amount that he is going to borrow as a home loan. Otherwise the person may end up taking a loan with a higher principal amount and then end up paying more interest for the amount that he had borrowed unnecessarily. The second aspect that the borrower should consider is the interest factor associated with every home loan. Interest is an unwanted burden that comes attached with the home loan. Interest is the extra amount that the borrowers have to pay, for taking the loan from the lender. The borrowers motto should be take a loan which carries the lowest interest rates. For this, the borrower should make a complete research of the prevailing interest rates in the markets so that he does not get cheated by the home loan lenders.

First time buyers should also consider the aspect of the term associated with the loan that he has undertaken, otherwise they may end up paying or repaying the loan for 30 to 35 years, just because of the fact that the loans conditions had stated that the principal amount has to be repaid on fixed amount over 30 years installment basis.

The best strategy for first time home owners loan needs is to get good advice and make a list of the above facts when starting your home loan research.  In a certain sense, all home owners in this day are first time home owners loan hunters looking for the best deal in a complex fiscal landscape.



Veterans Administration Home Loans

February 12th, 2012

Veterans Administration Home Loans are a major benefit for all Eligible Military

Military Service Requirements for Veterans Administration Home Loans  Eligibility:

Note:  Applications involving other than honorable discharges will usually require further development by VA.  This is necessary to determine if the service was under other than dishonorable conditions.

Wartime – Service During:

WWII: 9/16/1940 to 7/25/1947
Korean: 6/27/1950 to 1/31/1955
Vietnam: 8/5/1964 to 5/7/1975

You must have at least 90 days on active duty and been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.  If you served less than 90 days, you may be eligible if discharged for a service connected disability.

Peacetime – Service during periods:

7/26/1947 to 6/26/1950
2/1/1955 to 8/4/1964
5/8/1975 to 9/7/1980 (Enlisted)
5/8/1975 to 10/16/1981 (Officer)

You must have served at least 181 days of continuous active duty and been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.  If you served less than 181 days, you may be eligible if discharged for a service connected disability.

Service after 9/7/1980 (enlisted) or 10/16/1981 (officer)

If you were separated from service which began after these dates, you must have:

Completed 24 months of continuous active duty or the full period (at least 181 days) for which you were ordered or called to active duty and been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable, or
Completed at least 181 days of active duty and been discharged under the specific authority of 10 USC 1173 (Hardship), or 10 USC 1171 (Early Out), or have been determined to have a compensable service-connected disability;
Been discharged with less than 181 days of service for a service-connected disability.  Individuals may also be eligible if they were released from active duty due to an involuntary reduction in force, certain medical conditions, or, in some instances for the convenience of the Government.

Gulf War – Service during period 8/2/1990 to date yet to be determined

If you served on active duty during the Gulf War, you must have:

Completed 24 months of continuous active duty or the full period (at least 90 days) for which you were called or ordered to active duty, and been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable, or
Completed at least 90 days of active duty and been discharged under the specific authority of 10 USC 1173 (Hardship), or 10 USC 1173 (Early Out), or have been determined to have a compensable service-connected disability, or
Been discharged with less than 90 days of service for a service-connected disability.  Individuals may also be eligible if they were released from active duty due to an involuntary reduction in force, certain medical conditions, or, in some instances, for the convenience of the Government.

Active Duty Service Personnel

If you are now on regular duty (not active duty for training), you are eligible after having served 181 days (90 days during the Gulf War) unless discharged or separated from a previous qualifying period of active duty service.

Selected Reserves or National Guard

If you are not otherwise eligible and you have completed a total of 6 years in the Selected Reserves or National Guard (member of an active unit, attended required weekend drills and 2-week active duty for training) and

Were discharged with an honorable discharge, or
Were placed on the retired list, or
Were transferred to the Standby Reserve or an element of the Ready Reserve other than the Selected Reserve after service characterized as honorable service, or
Continue to serve in the Selected Reserves

Individuals who completed less than 6 years may be eligible if discharged for a service-connected disability.

Unremarried Surviving Spouses/Spouses of POW or MIA Serviceperson:

Are an unremarried spouse of a veteran who died while in service or from a service connected disability, or
Are a spouse of a serviceperson missing in action or a prisoner of war

Note:  Also, a surviving spouse who remarries on or after attaining age 57, and on or after December 16, 2003, may be eligible for the home loan benefit.  However, a surviving spouse who remarried before December 16, 2003, and on or after attaining age 57, must apply no later than December 15, 2004, to establish home loan eligibility.  VA must deny applications from surviving spouses who remarried before December 6, 2003 that are received after December 15, 2004.

Eligibility may also be established for:

Certain United States citizens who served in the armed forces of a government allied with the United States in WW II.
Individuals with service as members in certain organizations, such as Public Health Service officers, cadets at the United States Military, Air Force, or Coast Guard Academy, midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy, officers of National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, merchant seaman with WW II service, and others.
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Important – for Veterans Administration Home Loans processing follow these directions:

Apply online.  Go to the eBenefits portal (http://www.ebenefits.va.gov) and click on the My eBenefits tab towards the top, on the left side.  It will open a screen with several benefit areas.  On the bottom right of the screen is the Housing tab.  You will need login credentials to request a Certificate of Eligibility (COE).  If you have them, enter your Username and Password, if you need to request login credentials, you can simply click on the “Request/Activate a DoD Self-Service Logon” link which is shown below the area where you logon.

Wish you success with your first Veterans Administration Home Loans process!