The loan process for a VA loan is fairly similar to the process for an FHA Loan or Conventional Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan, especially now that we’re back in a “Full Documentation” world. There are a few nuances associated with getting a VA loan, but with a little know how, the loan process will be fairly easy.
VA is a great program because it is just about the only 100% financing program available. The Orange County, CA VA loan limits are very high. A VA eligible home buyer in Orange County can purchase a home for $737,500 with $0 down payment! FHA is the closest competing loan type. The maximum FHA loan in Orange County, CA is $729,750 and requires a 3.5% down payment. For those that are eligible, VA does have advantages over the FHA program.
The first thing a Veteran needs to do is determine eligibility. If you have a DD214 (Discharge papers) then an Orange County VA Direct Lender can quickly (in minutes) get your Certificate of Eligibility. Once you have the Certificate of Eligibility, it is time to get PreApproved for a VA loan.
Orange County Veterans Need to Get PreApproved for a VA Loan Prior to House Shopping
Mortgage PreApproval should happen before the home search begins. If you begin the search before knowing what you qualify for, the search can become discouraging if it turns out you are looking in the wrong price range. By getting PreApproved first, you will know ahead of time what home price range you should be looking in. It quite often turns out that a new home buyers qualifies for a higher price or payment than they are comfortable with. Finding this out first is very important. During the PreApproval process the lender will prepare several loan scenarios based on your goals. A loan application is completed, credit is run, and an Automated Loan Approval (hopefully) is issued. The underwriter also will need to review the following items.
- Paystubs for the most recent 30 days
- 2007 and 2008 (most recent 2 years) tax returns, all schedules.
- 2007 and 2008 (most recent 2 years) W2’s or 1099’s.
- Bank statements for the most recent 2 months, all pages.
- Also, include investment and retirement acconts covering the most recent 2 months.
- Copies of drivers license and social security card.
- Explanation letter for any derog’s and inquiries on the credit report.
Once the Veteran is PreApproved, it is time to find a home and make an offer. Working with a good Orange County Realtor is important. Not all Realtors are created equal, and not all actually work with buyers. Finding a Home Buyer Specialist is important.
Getting an Offer Accepted on an Orange County Home has not Been Easy in 2009!
Once an offer has been accepted, the race is on. Most escrows are between 30 and 60 days. Since the lender has already PreApproved the Veteran, it is just a matter of updating a few paystubs and bank statments. The appraisal is ordered by the lender, and verifications of employment are performed. Also, the lender will receive the escrow instructions and preliminary title report. Once the appraisal is prepared, which can take between 1 and 2 weeks, the loan is submitted to the underwriter for the Full Underwritten approval.
Provided there were no problems with the title report or appraisal, an Approval should be issued within a few days. Typically there will be a few Prior to Loan Document conditions. These conditions need to be cleared before loan documents are prepsared and forwarded to escrow. Once the Prior to Doc conditions are signed off, loan documents are prepared and emailed to the escrow company. This is typically done within 48 hours of the signoff. At this point the Veteran is called by the escrow company to set a time to sign the loan documents. (The Veteran should bring a well rested signing hand, because there will be many signautures.)
Once loan documents have been signed, they are returned to the lender for funding. The typical turnaround time from funding is anywhere from 1 to 3 days. It can sometimes take a little longer if there are any funding conditions that need to be met. Once the lender has funded the loan, the title company will handle getting the Deed of Trust recorded at the Orange County Recorders Office. This is usually done on the day of the funding, depending on how late in the day the funding occurred. The whole process, from the start of escrow to the closing, can be done in 30 days if everything moves smoothly.
The Orange County, CA VA Home Buyer is Ready to Move in!
Once recorded, the new Orange County, CA VA Home Buyer can get the keys and move in, unless the purchase contract allowed extra days for the seller to move out.
That is the way to process is supposed to go. There are always roadblocks along the way that need to be navigated. This is why it is important to make sure you are working with lenders and Realtors who have experience with the VA loan program.
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