**The following blog article is a guest post from Reviews.com summarizing a much more detailed article on the topic of home buying for Veterans.**
Home buying is a complex process to navigate for anyone. But for those who served, it can prove to be even more confusing when VA Loans, non-allowable fees, and other discounts come into play. Reviews.com has everything you need to know to maximize your savings as you hunt for home-sweet-home.
Save with a VA Loan
It may seem obvious, but surveys show that a third of veterans were unaware of the VA loan program. Advantages to this program include no required down payment, no PMI, and better mortgage rates. Experts suggest veterans look into this loan option even if they’re unsure if they’re qualified. You’ll need to follow these steps:
- Obtain your Certificate of Eligibility
- Choose a VA-approved lender
- Get a realtor and go house hunting
- Sign your purchase agreement
- Close on your loan
Keep in mind that there is additional assistance available for specific groups of veterans.
For Native Americans, the Native American Direct Loan (NADL) can extend the VA loan to Federal Trust Land.
For disabled veterans, the Specially Adapted Housing Grant (SAH) can fund changes to a home to accommodate a disability. There is also the Special Housing Adaptation Grant (SHA) option, which can help pay costs associated with accessible housing.
If you’re using the VA loan for your home, be aware that you are not allowed to pay these loan fees:
- Attorney fees
- Brokerage fees
- Prepayment penalties
- HUD/FHA inspection fees for builders
Your lender’s fee covers many fees and expenses with the VA loan, including:
- Lender appraisals
- Lender inspections
- Closing or settlement fees (VA closing costs are limited)
- Application and processing fees
- Document preparation
- Escrow fees
- Tax service fees
Save on Home Services
Home Insurance: Many providers publicly offer military discounts, and some providers like USAA are military-specific. Don’t hesitate to inquire about discounts, those who served deserve them. You may also be able to compound your home insurance savings if you install a home security system, or you may be able to get a discounted system if you use certain insurance providers.
Home Warranty: While there are few public discounts on home warranties, this is an item you may be able to negotiate over when you close on your house. Many sellers will cover the cost of a warranty as part of your terms.
Keep an eye out for savings on other home improvement and homeware retailers, like Pier 1, Pottery Barn, and Lowe’s, who offer military discounts to customers.
**This article was sourced from Reviews.com, a team dedicated to matching readers with the best services for their needs. The Reviews.com team takes an exhaustive approach to their research, analyzing scientific studies, lab results, historical trends, and user experiences to find you the very best.**
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