VA Loan Limits from August 6, 2012 to December 31, 2012
VA has issued Circular 26-12-7 increasing loan limits for VA loans closed through the end of the year in the following Washington state counties:
King, Pierce and Snohomish: $498,750
San Juan: $470,000
All other counties remain at $417,000
This means that in King County, a qualified Veteran can finance a home with zero down with a sales price up to $498,750. With that said, some lenders are still reviewing this recent change and are evaluating whether or not they will recognize the new increase or keep loan limits are their current level.
Any sales price/loan amount above this amount is considered a “VA Jumbo”. VA does not have a loan limit for VA jumbos, however most lenders have “overlays” limiting loan amounts for VA Jumbos. VA Jumbos allow the Vet to buy a home with reduced down payment. A simple formula to estimate the minimum down payment required is sales price minus loan amount x 25% = minimum down payment.
Right now, as of publishing this post, I’m quoting 3.375% for a sales price of $400,000 (apr 3.557) with zero down payment. The seller can pay closing cost and prepaids up to 4% of the sales price. There is no mortgage insurance, however VA loans do have a funding fee which can be financed.
If you are selling a home, please consider buyers who are preapproved for VA financing. It’s a great program benefiting those who have served our country.