Section 3

The VA Loan Process

A step-by-step guide to each stage of buying a home with your VA loan.


Lesson 3.1

Overview of the VA Loan Process

Even though the process to get a VA home loan has some unique aspects, they still close about as quickly as any other home loan type. In addition to introducing you to all the unique aspects of the process, we'll also explore the typical timeline you can expect for your VA home loan.


Lesson 3.2

How to Find a Great VA Lender

In order to get a great VA loan, you need to find a great lender! This article covers three tips you can use during your search to help you evaluate a lender's interest rates, VA loan experience, and customer service.


Lesson 3.3

Getting Pre-Approved for Your VA Loan

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage can help your search for a home. Find out exactly what a pre-approval entails, what you need to get one, and why having it makes your search so much easier.


Lesson 3.4

Finding a Real Estate Agent with VA Loan Experience

Working with a real estate agent with VA loan experience can make the process simpler and faster. We'll explain why their experience matters, how you can find one, and what you can do to make sure that they're the right fit for you.


Lesson 3.5

Shopping for a Home & Making an Offer

In order to buy a home, you first need to find one. In this section, we look at the different resources you can use for your search, and we also explain how to make and negotiate an offer for the home you love.


Lesson 3.6

The VA Appraisal: What It Is & What Are Its Requirements

In order to move forward in the loan process, the home you want to buy needs to pass the VA appraisal. Discover what the appraisal looks for, how they're different for a VA loan, and other details you need to know.


Lesson 3.7

Gathering Documents for Your VA Home Loan

In order for your loan to move forward into processing and underwriting, your lender will need to verify your finances. Find out what documents you'll need to give them and how they'll be used for your loan.


Lesson 3.8

VA Loan Processing & Underwriting

Before your loan can be officially approved, it must be processed and submitted to underwriting. A lot goes on behind the scenes during these two stages, but we explain it all in depth so you can understand exactly what's happening with your loan during this time.


Lesson 3.9

Closing on Your VA Loan

Once your loan is approved, it's time for you to close on the home. Learn how the closing process works, what you need to do to prepare, and what to expect when it happens.


Lesson 3.10

How to Make Payments after Closing

Now that your loan is complete, it's time for you to start paying it back. In this section, we'll go over when your first payment is due, who you send it to, and what makes up the different portions of the payment.

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