Mortgage Master is now financing Manufactured Homes

Mortgage Master Service Corporation has started allowing the financing of manufactured homes again using FHA or VA mortgages. Here are some of our basic guidelines: [Read more…]

2017 VA Loan Limits for Washington State

MortgageLoan limits for VA mortgages have been announced and, like last year, will follow the conforming loan limits.

Technically, VA loans do not have limits like conforming and FHA mortgages. The “loan limit” that is referred to with a VA loan is highest loan amount a Veteran can borrower without making a down payment. It’s really a great benefit to those who have served our county. VA Jumbo loans (loan amounts over the VA limit) allow veterans to buy higher priced home with a greatly reduced down payment. [Read more…]

VA Appraisal Fees and Turn Times Increased

seesawVA manages how much a Veteran can pay for an appraisal and sets time lines on how long a VA appraisal can take. The fee for Washington state has been $500 for an appraisal with up to 10 days for the appraisal to be delivered. Before the appraisal crisis, many would often complain about how long it took to get a VA appraisal…however, 10 days to receive an appraisal for $500 would  now be a dream come true. [Read more…]

2016 VA Loan Limits for homes in Washington State

MortgageLoan limits for VA mortgages have been announced and, like last year, will follow the conforming loan limits. This means that VA loan limits will be higher for King County,  Snohomish County and Pierce County effective 2016.

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BREAKING NEWS: 2015 VA Loan Limits for Washington State

In 2015, VA loan limits will be the same as conforming loan limits. VA loans do not have limits. The “loan limit” that is referred to with a VA loan is highest loan amount a Veteran can borrower without making a down payment. It’s really a great benefit to those who have served our county. VA Jumbo loans (loan amounts over the VA limit) allow veterans to buy higher priced home with a greatly reduced down payment.

Here are the 2015 VA Loan Limits for homes in Washington State:

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2014 VA Loan Limits for Washington State

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.

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VA Loans are a benefit our Veterans have earned

VA loans offer eligible Veterans very competitive financing with little to no down payment. Veterans who have served a specific amount of time may earn of Certificate of Eligibility which allows them to apply for a VA mortgage loan.

In the Seattle – King County area, the VA “loan limit” is currently $500,000. I have quotes around “loan limit” because technically VA does not have loan limits – this is the limit to the amount VA will lend up to 100% loan to value ie a VA home buyer can buy a $500,000 home with zero down payment.

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Reader Question: Can Closing Cost be financed with a VA Loan?

I received this email from one of our subscribers:

 ”…with a VA mortgage,  can you finance buyer closing costs in excess of the purchase price (e.g. not ask for seller financing contributions, but just borrow them in excess of the purchase price)”

With a VA mortgage, the buyers closing cost cannot be financed, with exception to the VA funding fee, regardless of the appraised value.

The VA loan amount is limited to the purchase price, appraised value or VA county loan limit (or VA jumbo loan amount)*, whichever is less.

*NOTE: VA does not set actual loan limits on counties. They do set a limit as to their maximum guarantee (meaning zero down financing). In the greater Seattle/King-County area, the loan limit for zero down financing is currently $500,000. Click here for a complete list of VA loan amounts per county.  VA loan amounts exceeding $500,000 in the Seattle/King County area are considered VA Jumbos and will require some down payment depending on the difference between the sales price and county loan limit. 

USDA loans, on the other hand, will allow for buyers closing cost to be financed IF the appraised value is higher than the sales price. The loan amount is limited to the appraised value and must be applied to bona fide closing cost.

USDA loans are also zero down programs and are only eligible in specific designated rural areas, like Snoqualmie, Carnation or Duvall, and to borrowers who meet certain household income limits. 

Sellers can contribute towards closing cost for both of these mortgage programs and currently, low mortgage rates are often paired with enough rebate pricing to cover a majority of the closing cost.

Thanks for your question!