A Comprehensive Guide to VA and USDA Loan Combinations for Veteran Homebuyers

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A key featuring “VA Loan” text and an American flag, symbolizing the benefits of the CalHFA VA loan program for veterans. CALHFA VA

The CalHFA VA program offers a VA-insured loan with a fixed interest rate over 30 years, perfect for those seeking stability in their mortgage payments.

CalHFA VA Program

Discover everything you need to know about the CalHFA VA program in the sections below.

Program Eligibility

To see if you qualify for the CalHFA VA Program, review the Borrower and Property Requirements.

Borrower Requirements

  • You must live in the property as your main residence; non-occupant co-borrowers are not allowed.
  • Complete homebuyer education counseling and get a certificate of completion from an approved organization.
  • Meet the income limits set by CalHFA for this program.
  • Have a valid certificate of eligibility according to VA guidelines.
  • If there are conflicting guidelines, the stricter one must be followed.

Property Requirements

  • The property must be a single-family, one-unit residence, including approved condos and PUDs.
  • Guest houses, granny units, and in-law quarters may qualify.
  • Manufactured homes are not allowed.
  • Condos must adhere to the guidelines of the first mortgage.
  • If there are conflicting guidelines, the stricter one must be followed.

Interest Rate

Understanding Interest Rates

Interest rates can vary based on your financial situation, lender fees, and other factors. They can also change daily. For an accurate quote, consult a CalHFA-approved loan officer.

CalHFA doesn’t lend money directly. Instead, they work through approved lenders who qualify consumers and provide all mortgage loans. Fees may differ depending on the lender and the specific program. You can view sample Annual Percentage Rates (APRs) here.

Homebuyer Education

CalHFA places a high value on homebuyer education and counseling, believing it’s crucial for the success and satisfaction of homeowners. First-time homebuyers using a CalHFA program must complete this education.

Who Needs to Take the Course?

  • Only one first-time homebuyer who will live in the home must take the course per loan transaction.

How to Complete the Course

How to Apply

Applying for the CalHFA VA Program

CalHFA’s mortgage products are offered through private loan officers who are approved and trained by CalHFA. These loan officers can provide detailed information about the programs and guide you through the home buying process.

To get started, visit the Find a Loan Officer tab and contact a loan officer in your area.

Documents to Have Ready

When contacting a loan officer, having the following documents ready can help speed up the process:

  • Pay stubs
  • Bank statements
  • Employment history
  • Previous tax returns

Download our My First Home Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance Program Handbook  https://homesinsdcounty.com/myhome-home-purchase-assistance-program-payment-handbook-and-guide/

Combining CalHFA VA and USDA Programs

For those looking to maximize their home financing options, consider combining the CalHFA VA program with the CalHFA USDA loan program. This combination can offer additional benefits and flexibility for eligible borrowers, particularly in rural areas. The CalHFA USDA program provides a zero down payment option, which can be a significant advantage for homebuyers.

To understand how you can leverage both programs, check out our detailed video explanation. This video covers the eligibility criteria, application process, and benefits of using the CalHFA USDA loan alongside the CalHFA VA program.

Watch the video here to learn more about combining these powerful home financing options.