Al and Cal Homes and Community: Using Your Veterans Benefit To Buy A Home

Using Your Veterans Benefit To Buy A Home

Using Your Veterans Benefit To Buy A Home
Using Your Veterans Benefit to Buy A Home.   Probably one of the most talked about GI benefits is the VA Home Loan.   You've  heard about it, but have you thought of it using it?   What is the benefit?            How can it help you?              What's the process?  
If you have been following my blog for awhile, it is pretty clear that Veterans are near and dear to my heart.   Al and I are proud members of families with strong ties to the US Military.    Being a veteran myself, I take great pride in helping others obtain their housing needs.   Using the VA home loan is one of those benefits that can help many.    US Veteran
Experience tells me that in our area, this is an under used tool by many real estate agents and loan officers.    Why?   Because like anything with the government, there are a few internal twists.  But fear not!   If you hire an experienced agent and have the right loan officer, you don't have to even think of these.       
What's the Benefit? 

For purposes of today's blog, we're talking about the VA home loan.   The loan is available through private lenders to Service members, Veterans, and qualifying surviving spouses.   In a nutshell the VA stands behind the loan, guaranteeing a portion of it, eliminating the need for a 20% down payment or in lieu of that, costly private mortgage insurance.    It can be used to buy, build, or refi a primary  residence. 

(There are other housing related programs that will help assist in repairing, retaining, or adapting a personal home.   Stay tuned for future blog.)


How Can It Help You?

  • Limited or Zero Down payment
  • No Mortgage Insurance (there is a one time funding fee)
  • Re-Usable & Assumable


What's the Process?   The first question to ask is, do you qualify?   In other words are you you a Service member, Veterans, and qualifying surviving spouse?   If the answer is yes:

  • Hire a Realtor experienced  working with and negotiating VA transactions.
  • Get financially pre-qualified by a lender that does VA backed loans.   (Not all banks do.)
  • You will need a COE (Certificate of Eligibility)   The lender can help you with this.
  • Find Your Home
  • Negotiate the terms of your transaction
  • Apply for your loan
  • Closing



In my 26 year real estate career, I am proud to say that have helped many veterans find and sell homes.    Some take advantage of their benefits.   All should at least look into them.     
I have experience in negotiating home sales including new construction using the VA home loan.  
If you are a vet looking for a home
give me a call!   
I promise to go the extra mile for you!
Al and Cal Remax Executive Realty

Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

Remax Executive Realty




Comment balloon 8 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • July 19 2014 05:05AM


Carol-Ann, a great remider of VA Programs available to all verterans for home purchase.

Posted by Clay R. Seay (Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage) over 6 years ago

Hi Carol Ann.... any veteran who has not used their VA benefit would be wise to contact you for guidance with this.....VA purchases are your are a veteran and this is your way of giving back....and what a good thought.... there are so many veterans who are eligible and qualify but have not taken advantage of this yet..... one call to Carol Ann Palmieri and it's a "done deal"....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) over 6 years ago

Hi Clay.  Thank you!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago

Hi Barbara.    Thank you.  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago

Carol-Ann: You have vets best interest at heart and those in your area should be contacting you to find out how to best use their VA housing benefits.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055) over 6 years ago

There is no doubt Carol Ann you are the VET Realtor of choice in support them so well in housing searches.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 6 years ago


Hello and I hope you and Al are doing well. good post about VA loans. Vet needs an excellent Realtor like yourself plus aan experienced VA mortgage professional. Take care.. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago

Hi Carol  Ann, the VA benefit is a wonderful way to help our vets and should be taken by all Vets.  I have not done too many, but am always happy to domso

Posted by Christine O'Shea (Christine E O'Shea Broker) over 6 years ago