While the majority of servicemembers and veterans are eligible for a VA home Loan, what are the requirements for spouses or even children? When looking into the VA Loan eligibilty there are always some exceptions as well as unique circumstances for each veteran.
The only way borrowers and VA lenders can be sure about eligibility is by obtaining a veteran’s Certificate of Eligibility or COE. This doesn’t necessarily need to be the first step in the process but by obtaining the COE this becomes especially critical for any military spouses that are left behind.
According to the VA website, The spouse of a Veteran can apply for home loan eligibility under one of the following conditions:
- Unremarried spouse of a Veteran who died while in service or from a service connected disability, you are a spouse of a servicemember who is missing in action or a prisoner of war.
- A surviving spouse who remarries on or after attaining the age of 57, and on or after December 16, 2003
- Surviving spouses of certain totally disabled veterans whose disability may not have been the cause of their death.
- Any spouse who with their veteran purchased a home with a VA home loan are eligible to refinance using the VA Streamline Program
In 2011, the U.S. House passed a bill that would extend eligibility to surviving spouses of veterans who suffered any permanent disability, regardless of whether it was connected to military service.
CHILDREN OF VETERANS
Unfortunately, VA home loan benefits do not extend to the children of veterans. There has not been much of an incentive to change this however, there may be new laws in the future that will give eligibility to children. Any prospective buyers can always check with their state or county housing officials to see if there are any localized programs that will provide benefits to children of deceased veterans.
Sometimes VA benefits can seem a bit confusing. It is always best to consult your Loan Originator to get more details about how you can take advantage of your VA home loan.
The Chapman Lending Team at HomeBridge Financial is honored to help many veterans utilize their VA home loan benefit each and every year. We ARE NOT a call center. Our goal is to provide the best customer service in the industry along with the most competitive rates and fees.
Semper Fi, Dan Chapman CAPT, USMC (vet)
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