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By Kevin J. Sutton | Agent in 55125

Buying Shoreview Homes With VA Loans


One common financing option for buying Shoreview real estate for home buyers is available through lenders who offer loans guaranteed by the Veteran's Administration. This type of mortgage financing has increased by about twenty per cent over the last couple of years due in part to the sheer number of our returning veterans. Additionally with the loss of other options for zero down payment loans in Minnesota, the VA offers a benefit that offers eligible buyers a unique opportunity to buy their home with no down payment.

Many veteran home buyers misunderstand the fact that they may use their VA mortgage benefit multiple times. As a result veteran buyers do not necessarily need to be a first time user in order to get VA loans with zero down payment. This can be a perfect solution for current homeowners who wish to sell their home despite having a small amount of equity expected from the sale of that home. Since they will not need a lot of money to buy their next home with a MN VA loan they might be able to afford to sell their home without receiving any proceeds from equity in order to buy the next.

Shoreview VA Loans: First Determine Your Eligibility

Shoreview veterans should discover two things to see if they are eligible for VA financing. First they should research if they are eligible for a VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE). They can apply for the Certificate of Eligibility online or more simply right through their Minnesota mortgage banker. There are several categories for eligibility and I encourage veterans to check with the VA or to research their eligibility online

While VA mortgages require no down payment, there still are closing costs in Minnesota which the veteran is responsible for. Thankfully, VA loans allow the veteran to negotiate with the home seller to pay up to four per cent of the purchase price towards their costs. This is an extremely common strategy used to buy Shoreview real estate today and most home sellers have been prepared to pay this expense as long as they can arrive at the net sales price they need in order to sell the home.

Shoreview Veterans: Get Preapproved

A second thing a Shoreview veteran home buyer should determine is if they qualify for mortgage financing. I encourage all veterans to talk with a local mortgage lender to get preapproved for MN VA loans before we go out shopping for Shoreview homes. When you go through the preapproval process the banker will review your financial scenario to determine if you meet the requirements for a VA loan. This critical first step is usually done at no charge and can be done within a few days. In fact, many Minnesota VA mortgage bankers will do this right over the phone, even on weekends when you're off work.

City of Shoreview Information

The City of Shoreview is an excellent place to consider if you are thinking about making a move. Located in Ramsey County is a convenient second-ring suburb just north of Saint Paul. Family Circle magazine named Shoreview as the fourth best place to live in their 2008 article. With 7 lakes in and around the city, including larger ones such as Turtle and Snail Lake, Shoreview, MN offers recreational opportunities for everyone. If you are searching for affordable housing in the Twin Cities area Shoreview should be one of the places to consider.

If you want to buy a home in Shoreview using VA financing please send me an email or give me a call. Whether you currently own a home or are looking to buy your first home, Shoreview VA loans can be a great way to buy a home. With record low rates and reduced home values many vets have found smaller house payments than what they are currently paying for rent!

Kevin Sutton 
Sales Executive, Licensed Realtor in Minnesota
The Home Solutions Team
Keller Williams Premier Realty
kevin@yourhappyhome.com
Direct (651) 209-8250
659 Bielenberg Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
With a focus on Woodbury real estate and surrounding communities.

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