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The VA Loan Process in a VA Refinance

Monday, May 2, 2011 - Article by: HomeTown Lenders, LLC - Message

A VA Refinance can be a very simple, quick process. You want to remember one thing: documentation. You can use your VA Benefits to refinance your home and get your payments down where you would like them, in as little as 2-3 weeks. What can help you speed things up is having all the documentation that you need.

The following is a list of some of the documents you may need when completing a VA Refinance program. This list does not apply to the Streamline Rate Reduction Program:

? A copy of your driver's license, or government issued photo I.D.

? A copy of your W2's for the past 2 years or complete tax returns if self employed

? Your last 30 days worth of pay stubs, showing your current year-to-date gross income.

? A copy of your DD Form 214 release paper or Statement of Service if active military

? The "Note" from your current mortgage

? Awards letters showing any disability, pension, or Social Security monies you are receiving

? A copy of the Declarations page from your Home Owner's Insurance policy

Before you apply for the loan, the first thing you should do is find as much of that paperwork as possible. This can cut significant time off of the total loan process. There may of course be other things you are asked for, but this should get you started on the right foot. After you have submitted your application, your loan is goes through an automatic underwriting system, which gives approval for qualified applicants to go ahead to process the loan.

Processing the loan is where the bulk of time goes into completing your loan. Our processors consider documents and information to see if the applicant qualifies. One of the first things needed -- and also one of the most important -- is the appraisal. An appraisal for a VA Loan is different from a conventional loan because the appraiser must be approved by the VA. The VA requires the lender to submit the request for the appraisal to them, after which the VA assigns a local VA licensed appraiser. Once the appraisal has been ordered, the appraiser should contact the borrower within 3-5 business days to schedule a good time for the appraisal to be done. When the inspection is complete, most appraisers will work as quickly as possible to get the report back to the lender.

There is one more inspection that must be completed: a wood-eating pest inspection. VA wants to make sure that there are no termites or other pests eating away at the home. Any licensed pest inspector of the borrower's choosing can complete this inspection, but the borrower needs to tell the inspector that this is for a VA loan, as they have some specific paperwork they are required to use. When the inspection is done, either the borrower or the inspector must send a copy of the report to the lender, along with the invoice.

Meanwhile, there are many forms that the processors will be ordering and completing such as: a current Certificate of Eligibility, a Verification of Benefits, verifying income and employment, obtaining various payoffs, and obtaining a preliminary title report on the property to make sure there are no additional liens on the house or lot.

Once all the paperwork and documentation have been gathered, the loan is submitted to an underwriter who will review the entire loan file. Our department has our own in-house team. The processing team is in close communication with the borrower's VA Loan Specialist during the process, and that Specialist will keep the borrower informed as these steps are completed.

Once approved, all that remains to be done is to schedule the closing time with the title company. Once closed, the loan will fund after 3 business days, and at that time the borrower would also receive any money he or she is getting from the refinance.

VA Refinance Loans can be an incredible benefit for you and your family. Whether you're looking to consolidate debt, take cash out for home improvements or other reasons, or get out of a bad loan and into one that's backed by the Federal Government, our team of VA Loan Specialists is happy to assist you in this process and make it as smooth as we can. We would love to help you and assist you in anything you need!

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