VA loan or mortgage

VA loan or mortgage

A home loan guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (www.homeloans.va.gov/elig2.htm) (known as the Veterans Administration before 1989), which will pay the lender up to certain limits if the borrower defaults.In some instances, the VA will decide to purchase the home from the lender after default and attempt resale,calculating that the profits from a resale will make the transaction cheaper than paying off the loan. By law, it is required to do this analysis on all defaulted loans.Eligibility for a VA guarantee is complicated and depends on the borrower's dates, length, and type of service; whether the borrower is currently active in the military; whether the borrower is in the National Guard or the Reserves; and the number of months the borrower was in peacetime or combat service.

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