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Pennsylvania VA loans

What are Veterans Affairs Home Loans?
VA home loans provide our military veterans as well as qualifying active duty service members that qualify a clear advantage when purchasing or refinancing. Present day VA home loans usually have the most beneficial terms available for veterans. VA home loans can be used to buy a home with no money down and no mortgage insurance or they can help veterans refinance their home's equity up to 90% of it's appraised value.




What are the VA home loan eligility requirements in Pennsylvania?
There are two methods currently used to qualify a veteran's income for a VA loan in Pennsylvania. The primary method is called the residual income method. This method determines if the veteran will have sufficient income to cover all of their daily living expenses once the housing, taxes, home insurance and all other credit payments such as credit cards and car notes are made. The second method is called a debt to income ratio (DTI). To calculate a DTI ratio, the veteran's total debt burden can not exceed 41% of the their total income. The veteran's credit score will also be carefully reviewed. Many lenders require a minimum credit score of 620 or above for approval.

How much can be financed using a VA home loan?
The maximum amont that can financed is determined by a couple things:

The maximum VA home loan amount in Pennsylvania: The maximum zero-down VA loan amount is $417,000 in PA. You can learn more about the loan limits for your area on the Pennsylvania VA loan Limit chart below.

The maximum finance limit (LTV): For home purchases, the maximum LTV for VA home loan is 100% of either lower the sales price or the appraised value, whichever is lower. For VA Refinance, the maximum LTV amount is 100% of the appriased value for a Streamline Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans or 90% of the appraised value for a Cash Out Refinance.

What about the down payment and closing costs?
Pennsylvania VA loans dont require a down payment up to $417,000 in most counties. As far as closing costs go, the Department of Veterans Affairs only permits the veteran to be charged for certain items. These allowable items may include the appraisal, recording fees, credit report, prepaid items, flood zone determination, survey, mailing fees, title exam and insurance and the VA funding fee.

What property types can I use a VA loan to purchase or refinance in Pennsylvania?
VA home loans can be used to buy or refinance a currently owned single family residence or VA approved condo project. The property must be the veteran's primary residence.

What are my VA loan refinance options in Pennsylvania?
There are a few VA Refinance programs are available for veterans in Pennsylvania.

. Rate/Term VA Refinance
VA home loans can be used can be used to change the rate and/or term of a current conventional, FHA or subprime mortgage into a new, fixed rate VA mortgage.

. VA Cash-Out Refinance
A VA cash-out refinance is a great way for veterans to access the equity that they have built up in their home. VA cash-out refinance can be used to refinance up to 90% LTV of the home's current appriased value and the veteran may take cash out for any reason they want.


. VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinancing Loan (IRRRL) "Streamline Refinance"

A VA Streamline refinance, otherwise known as an interest rates reduction refinancing loan (IRRRL) can reduce the interest and monthly payment on current VA loans with no appraisal or income verification. VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinancing Loans are only used for VA to VA refinances.

What is the maximum VA refinance amount in Pennsylvania?
The maximum refinance loan amount for an PA VA loan is determined by:

. The maximum VA home loan amount in Pennsylvania: The maximum loan limit for a VA refinance can vary from county to county. The highest maximum VA refinance right now is $1,094,625. The lowest maximum VA refinance loan amount available in any county is $417,000. To see what the limit is in the county of your subject property, visit the following page: http://www.homeloans.va.gov/docs/2009_county_loan_limits.pdf.

. The maximum finance limit (LTV): In Pennsylvania, The maximum VA refinance loan amount can be up to 100% loan-to-value (LTV) of the current appraised value of the home if the refinance is rate/term (no cash out) or 90% LTV of the appraised value if it is a VA cash out refinance.

What factors determine if I am eligible for a VA refinance loan?
VA refinance loans use two methods to qualify a borrowers income in Pennsylvania. The primary method is called the residual income method. This method determines if the veteran will have sufficient income to cover all of their daily living expenses once the housing, taxes, home insurance and all other credit payments such as credit cards and car notes are made. The second method is called a debt to income ratio (DTI). To calculate a DTI ratio, the veteran's total debt burden can not exceed 41% of the their total income. The veteran's credit score will also be carefully reviewed. Many lenders require a minimum credit score of 620 or above for approval.

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Pennsylvania VA loan Limits
Updated 03/05/2008
County Name                 
Maximum Single Family Mortgage
(No Money Down)
Maximum VA Jumbo
(No Money Down to 417k, 25% Down Above)
ADAMS  
417,000
 
1,094,625
GETTYSBURG, PA (MICRO)
ALLEGHENY  
417,000
 
1,094,625
PITTSBURGH, PA (MSA)
ARMSTRONG  
417,000
 
1,094,625
PITTSBURGH, PA (MSA)
BEAVER  
417,000
 
1,094,625
PITTSBURGH, PA (MSA)
BEDFORD  
417,000
 
1,094,625
NON-METRO
BERKS  
417,000
 
1,094,625
READING, PA (MSA)
BLAIR  
417,000
 
1,094,625
ALTOONA, PA (MSA)
BRADFORD  
417,000
 
1,094,625
SAYRE, PA (MICRO)
BUCKS  
417,000
 
1,094,625
PHILADELPHIA, PA METROPOLITAN DIVISION
BUTLER  
417,000
 
1,094,625
PITTSBURGH, PA (MSA)
CAMBRIA  
417,000
 
1,094,625
JOHNSTOWN, PA (MSA)
CAMERON  
417,000
 
1,094,625
NON-METRO
CARBON  
417,000
 
1,094,625
ALLENTOWN-BETHLEHEM-EASTON, PA-NJ (MSA)
CENTRE  
417,000
 
1,094,625
STATE COLLEGE, PA (MSA)
CHESTER  
417,000
 
1,094,625
PHILADELPHIA, PA METROPOLITAN DIVISION
CLARION  
417,000
 
1,094,625
NON-METRO
CLEARFIELD  
417,000
 
1,094,625
DUBOIS, PA (MICRO)
CLINTON  
417,000
 
1,094,625
LOCK HAVEN, PA (MICRO)
COLUMBIA  
417,000
 
1,094,625
BLOOMSBURG-BERWICK, PA (MICRO)
CRAWFORD  
417,000
 
1,094,625
MEADVILLE, PA (MICRO)
CUMBERLAND  
417,000
 
1,094,625
HARRISBURG-CARLISLE, PA (MSA)
DAUPHIN  
417,000
 
1,094,625
HARRISBURG-CARLISLE, PA (MSA)
DELAWARE  
417,000
 
1,094,625
PHILADELPHIA, PA METROPOLITAN DIVISION
ELK  
417,000
 
1,094,625
ST. MARYS, PA (MICRO)
ERIE  
417,000
 
1,094,625
ERIE, PA (MSA)
FAYETTE  
417,000
 
1,094,625
PITTSBURGH, PA (MSA)
FOREST  
417,000
 
1,094,625
NON-METRO
FRANKLIN  
417,000
 
1,094,625
CHAMBERSBURG, PA (MICRO)
FULTON  
417,000
 
1,094,625
NON-METRO
GREENE  
417,000
 
1,094,625
NON-METRO
HUNTINGDON  
417,000
 
1,094,625
HUNTINGDON, PA (MICRO)
INDIANA  
417,000
 
1,094,625
INDIANA, PA (MICRO)
JEFFERSON  
417,000
 
1,094,625
NON-METRO
JUNIATA  
417,000
 
1,094,625
NON-METRO
LACKAWANNA  
417,000
 
1,094,625
SCRANTON--WILKES-BARRE, PA (MSA)
LANCASTER  
491250
 
1,094,625
LANCASTER, PA (MSA)
LAWRENCE  
417,000
 
1,094,625
NEW CASTLE, PA (MICRO)
LEBANON  
417,000
 
1,094,625
LEBANON, PA (MSA)
LEHIGH  
417,000
 
1,094,625
ALLENTOWN-BETHLEHEM-EASTON, PA-NJ (MSA)
LUZERNE  
417,000
 
1,094,625
SCRANTON--WILKES-BARRE, PA (MSA)
LYCOMING  
417,000
 
1,094,625
WILLIAMSPORT, PA (MSA)
MCKEAN  
417,000
 
1,094,625
BRADFORD, PA (MICRO)
MERCER  
417,000
 
1,094,625
YOUNGSTOWN-WARREN-BOARDMAN, OH-PA (MSA)
MIFFLIN  
417,000
 
1,094,625
LEWISTOWN, PA (MICRO)
MONROE  
417,000
 
1,094,625
EAST STROUDSBURG, PA (MICRO)
MONTGOMERY  
417,000
 
1,094,625
PHILADELPHIA, PA METROPOLITAN DIVISION
MONTOUR  
417,000
 
1,094,625
BLOOMSBURG-BERWICK, PA (MICRO)
NORTHAMPTON  
417,000
 
1,094,625
ALLENTOWN-BETHLEHEM-EASTON, PA-NJ (MSA)
NORTHUMBERLAND  
417,000
 
1,094,625
SUNBURY, PA (MICRO)
PERRY  
417,000
 
1,094,625
HARRISBURG-CARLISLE, PA (MSA)
PHILADELPHIA  
417,000
 
1,094,625
PHILADELPHIA, PA METROPOLITAN DIVISION
PIKE  
747,500
 
1,094,625
NEWARK-UNION, NJ-PA METROPOLITAN DIVISION
POTTER  
417,000
 
1,094,625
NON-METRO
SCHUYLKILL  
417,000
 
1,094,625
POTTSVILLE, PA (MICRO)
SNYDER  
417,000
 
1,094,625
SELINSGROVE, PA (MICRO)
SOMERSET  
417,000
 
1,094,625
SOMERSET, PA (MICRO)
SULLIVAN  
417,000
 
1,094,625
NON-METRO
SUSQUEHANNA  
417,000
 
1,094,625
NON-METRO
TIOGA  
417,000
 
1,094,625
NON-METRO
UNION  
417,000
 
1,094,625
LEWISBURG, PA (MICRO)
VENANGO  
417,000
 
1,094,625
OIL CITY, PA (MICRO)
WARREN  
417,000
 
1,094,625
WARREN, PA (MICRO)
WASHINGTON  
417,000
 
1,094,625
PITTSBURGH, PA (MSA)
WAYNE  
417,000
 
1,094,625
NON-METRO
WESTMORELAND  
417,000
 
1,094,625
PITTSBURGH, PA (MSA)
WYOMING  
417,000
 
1,094,625
SCRANTON--WILKES-BARRE, PA (MSA)
YORK  
417,000
 
1,094,625
YORK-HANOVER, PA (MSA)

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 Why choose a VA home loan?

  • Pennsylvania VA Mortgages require no down payment.
  • There are no prepayment penalties for VA home loans.
  • A Pennsylvania VA Loan is fully assumable, provided the person assuming is qualified.
  • VA Mortgage Loans have no PMI premiums.
  • A VA Mortgage Loan is eligible for non-credit qualifying, Streamline Refinance or "IRRRL".
  • A VA Home Mortgage is available all areas of the country, provided a market exists for the property and the home meets VA's property standards.
  • A VA home loan may be used to purchase or refinance a new or existing home.
  • Pennsylvania VA Loans are offered at terms of 15 or 30 years.


. VA Refinance Questions & Answers

What are the guidelines for a VA Refinance?
If the borrower wishes to take cash out of the property, then the maximum financing amount is 90% of the appraised value, depending on the borrowers qualifications. If the borrower does not take cash out then the maximum financing will be 100% of the appraised value of the home or the amount you are refinancing plus closing costs, whichever is lower.

Why should I consider refinancing into a VA-insured mortgage?
VA refinance mortgages do not come with prepayment penalties, have no teaser rates nor balloon payments. They are offered at market rate with terms up to 30 years and are fully amortized, meaning that you pay towards principal and interest every month.

What if I have a prepayment penalty and other refinancing costs and there isn’t enough equity in my home to refinance?
If you do not have sufficient equity in your home to add your prepayment penalty and/or other refinancing costs into your new VA mortgage, then you should ask your current lender to consider a second mortgage to pay the difference or a short payoff on your existing loan. Offering either of these options is at the discretion of the lender.

Does it matter that the value of my home is now less than what I still owe?
Not to VA, but the current mortgage lender considering the refinance would have to be willing to accept a short payoff on the existing loan OR to hold a second mortgage to make up the difference needed to pay off the existing mortgage and the home’s value.

I have already obtained one VA loan. Can I get another one?
Yes, your eligibility is reusable depending on the circumstances. Normally, if you have paid off your prior VA loan and disposed of the property, you can have your used eligibility restored for additional use. Also, on a one-time only basis, you may have your eligibility restored if your prior VA loan has been paid in full but you still own the property.

Only a portion of my eligibility is available at this time because my prior loan has not been paid in full even though I don’t own the property anymore. Can I still obtain a VA guaranteed home loan?
Yes, depending on the circumstances. If a veteran has already used a portion of his or her eligibility and the used portion cannot yet be restored, any partial remaining eligibility would be available for use. The veteran would have to discuss with a lender whether the remaining balance would be sufficient for the loan amount sought and whether any down payment would be required.

Is the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran eligible for the home loan benefit?
The unmarried surviving spouse of a veteran who died on active duty or as the result of a service-connected disability is eligible for the home loan benefit.




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