2014 VA loan guarantee limits for Washington State have been released. VA loans do not have “limits” like conforming or FHA loans. They do have limits as to the amount VA loans will guarantee. The loan amounts below reflect what VA will lend up to 100% loan to value. Loan amounts above the limits below have reduced down payments for Veterans who qualify for this benefit.
King County, Snohomish County and Pierce County: $506,000
San Juan County: $483,000
All other Washington counties: $417,000
If a qualified Veteran wanted to buy a home above the loan limit, their minimum down payment is 25% of the difference between the county loan limit and the sales price. For example, a home priced at $650,000 in the greater Seattle area, could have a loan amount of $613,750 with just $36,250 down payment. ($650,000 minus $505,000 = $145,000. $145,000 x 25% = $36,250).
Home Sellers should really consider accepting VA home buyers. Just because they’re putting less down, does not mean they are less qualified. VA home buyers have EARNED this benefit by serving our country. And these days, VA mortgage loans are not any more or less challenging to process and close than any other type of home mortgage. VA loans do not have monthly mortgage insurance and they have very competitive mortgage rates.
If I can help you with a VA mortgage or any type of home loan for property located any where in Washington State, please contact me
NOTE: VA loan limits were revised February 28, 2014.
UPDATE 12/13/2014: 2015 VA loan limits have been announced!