Benefits & Disadvantages to VA Loans

by Natalia San Filippo 06/12/2022

If you're a veteran, a VA loan might seem like the perfect option for financing a home. However, there are some important differences between VA and conventional loans which could affect your decision. Here are some of the major pros and cons of VA loans to help you make the best financial choice:

VA Loan Pros

No Down Payment

VA loans do not require a down payment, which could potentially save you thousands of dollars on your home purchase. Conventional loans require down payments of a minimum of 3% of the home's purchase price, and higher down payments are often encouraged in tough markets. However, with a VA loan you can skip the down payment step.

No PMI

Private Mortgage Insurance is required by lenders if you fail to meet a specific financial criteria. Examples could be a lower than normal down payment, low credit score or a high debt-to-income ratio. The policy protects the lender in case you default on the loan. VA loans don't require you to buy a PMI policy, saving you time and money.

No Prepayment Penalty

Some loan options on the market charge a penalty for paying off your mortgage before the end of its established term. VA loans don't have any penalties for prepayment, so you're free to spend your money however you choose.

VA Loan Cons

VA Funding Fee

VA loans do come with a specific upfront cost called a funding fee. Funding fees go toward keeping VA loans available to future veterans. There are some ways to be exempt from paying the fee, but it's a mandatory expense in most cases.

Primary Residences Only

Another major drawback to VA loans is that they are restricted based on property use. You can only use a VA loan to finance a primary residence. Therefore, you couldn't use it to buy a vacation home, rental property or other type of investment.

Is a VA loan the right choice for you? Consider these pros and cons when making your decision to determine whether it's the best solution for your homebuying needs.

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Natalia San Filippo

Greetings from beautiful Naples Florida! Having grown up in Siberia, in a challenging environment I have a deep appreciation of our wonderful Southwest Florida climate and lifestyle. The journey that led me here has fueled my drive to be the best at everything I attempt. My natural enthusiasm for my work is contagious, and clients know that I am "giving my all”. My deep dedication to my family that includes my two adult children and my four fabulous grandchildren. My family reminds me every day that considering family first in one’s life requires an exceptional "home base” for everyone to gather for events and holidays. Everything in my life has equipped me to be a fabulous realtor at Premiere Plus Realty. Naples is cosmopolitan and international harmonious environment, positive energy and lifestyle. As a certified yoga instructor, I believe in and understand the importance of balance in one’s life. It’s through my yoga practice that I have achieved peace and harmony in my life. It’s this peace, harmony, and enthusiasm that I wish to pass to my clients. My goal is to continue to serve you!!! It is my mission! It is my goal! Let’s get to work together! Natalia Realtor, specializing in Residential sales, New construction, seasonal rental, VA homes, First home buyers, listings, sales. I service Naples, Bonita Estero, Marco Island & Ft. Meyer's as well as SW Florida. I appreciate referrals and I help with referrals in other States.