VA Loans

VA Extends Foreclosure Relief for Veterans Amidst Housing Challenges

I primarily post about investment real estate but when something relevant to veterans presents itself, I try to get the message out in the hopes that I can help my brothers and sisters-in-arms.  In this case, there is some big news regarding VA home loans and some relief for struggling veteran homeowners. The Department of […]

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VA Disability Re-Evaluation – When the Finish Line Moves After the Race

By Douglas Katz – 5/23/23 As a veteran, a professional who works with veterans and someone who just cares about fellow veterans’ well-being, I have spent considerable time learning about the VA disability system. I am not an expert, but as a layperson, I want to share a little considered component of the VA Disability

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Short Sale and Foreclosure – Tough Options with Long Lasting Impact on Your VA Mortgage Loan Options

By Douglas Katz – 05/14/2023 For military service members and veterans, the opportunity to become homeowners is a cherished benefit offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) home loan program. The VA loan program provides accessible mortgage options with favorable terms and benefits. However, circumstances can arise that lead to financial hardship, such as

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VSO – An Abbreviation That Every Veteran Should Know

By Douglas Katz – 04/28/23 The ability to help with disability These VSOs are pros at dealing with all the rules and regulations that go along with filing for a disability claim. They’ve got tons of experience helping veterans gather and organize their medical records, build a solid case, and submit their application to the

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The Illinois Disabled Veteran Real Estate Tax Exemption – A Great But Flawed Benefit

By Douglas Katz – 04/26/23 As an Army veteran and a experienced loan officer, I try and keep up to date on the benefits for my veteran and active duty clients.  In my home state of Illinois, the big one is the Disabled Veteran Real Estate Tax Exemption, which can benefit veterans with reduction or

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The VA One-Time Refinance Entitlement Restoration Rule – Misunderstood and HUGELY Important

By A. I. Lendberg, Edited by Douglas Katz – 04/25/23 As a mortgage lender and VA loan expert, I see every day how important to understand the ins and outs of the VA loan system.  It is very similar to any loan, in overall process, but there are some key differences. One of the most

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VA Loans for Investment Properties – A Good but Limited Option

By Douglas Katz – 03/02/23 Veterans Administration Home Loans (VA Loans) have long been a popular financing option for those looking to purchase a primary residence. However, what many people may not realize is that VA Loans can also be used to purchase properties intended for investment purposes.  Before running headlong into using the VA

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Big News for VA Loans – Reduced Funding Fees in 2023

By Douglas Katz – 02/21/23 The VA Home Loan is one of the best programs available for eligible home buyers.  It provides a low down payment options with flexible guidelines and rates that typically beat the similar conventional options.  The one thing that impacts a lot of VA borrowers, however, is the VA Funding Fee

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