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Answering 4 FAQs about VA Funding Fee
VA loans are one of the most economical home loan programs for veterans, with
benefits including no down payment and low interest rates. The veterans, however,
need to pay VA funding fee. Unlike closing costs, the VA funding fee is non-negotiable
and mandatory for most veterans, besides a few exceptions. It is a one-time fee that
the VA lender directly hands over to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans can use a VA loan calculator to find out the exact fee they have to pay or
contact a VA loan officer for more information. Continuing the discussion further,
here are four FAQs related to VA funding fee in the blog post.
1. What factors influence the VA funding fee calculation?
The VA funding fee generally ranges from 1.25 percent to as high as 3.3 percent of
the loan amount. The basic fee, in most cases, is usually 2.15 percent. This figure
changes as per the loan size and the down payment the borrower pays. If, for
instance, you pay a downpayment of 5 percent of the loan amount, the funding fee
will reduce to 1.5 percent.
2. Does the VA funding differ from veteran to veteran?
Yes. Reservists and National Guard members have to pay slightly higher amount than
regular VA members. The funding fee for a regular military member who does not
pay a downpayment is 2.15 percent. This figure increases to 2.4 percent for Reserve
or National Guard. Here’s the rest of the breakdown:
10 percent and up
Reserves and the National Guard:
10 percent and up
3. Who can exempt the VA funding fee?
Any veteran receiving compensation for disability due to service-related issues is not
required to pay the VA funding fee. You are also not liable to pay the VA funding fee
You are the spouse of a veteran who died during service or due to service-related
You are entitled to receive a compensation for service-related disability (if you
are not receiving retirement pay)
4. Why does the VA charge a funding fee?
The VA understands that homeownership is one of the biggest steps in life for most
people, and that is why it keeps VA loan rates much lower than conventional loans.
The VA department, however, charges the funding fee to make up for the losses, in
case borrowers default on the loan. The VA funding fee, in fact, helps VA offer home
loans at an affordable interest rate and favorable conditions to veterans.
Although the VA funding fee is an expense, veterans can finance the fee with the rest
of the loan, which may be helpful for many borrowers. If you wish to learn what VA
funding are entitled to, use a VA loan calculator. Speak to a loan banking officer to
get more details about the VA funding fee and other aspects of the home loan.
Remember that learning about the VA funding fee and other components of the loan
will help you make an informed decision, and secure a loan that best matches your
needs and budget.