Jean Powers, CRS, e-PRO, SFR, HAFA certified, Broker, Alameda, CA
Good Morning. I am a native Alamedan who has been a Broker here for over 26 years as well as being a Director for the California Association of Realtors, the largest trade association in the U.S., since 1993.
I have handled VA loans here and everyone's advice to you is correct. Get approved by a good Mortgage Consultant such as Claudia Gravelle, who is very knowlegable in VA loans. This is the very first step for you to take in order to proceed in purchasing a home. It is a competetive market right now but that doesn't mean you cannot purchase a home.
Please contact me if you are not working with a Realtor if you need any other help and good luck to you in finding your future home.