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If you are a veteran and want a great home loan, then you need a CalVet Home Loan. You'll find the CalVet Loan will save you money and provide protection for your home and investment. CalVet has expanded eligibility so that most veterans (including those now on active duty) wanting to buy a home in California are eligible, subject to financial qualification and available bond funds (See restrictions for peacetime-era veterans).
The good news about CalVet is the money you'll save with our low interest rates, low down payment and easier qualification. Compare it with other loans, and you'll see why CalVet is the loan of choice for veterans.
You and your family will benefit from this great loan from day one! It is the State of California's way of saying "thanks" for what you gave to your country through your military service. Best of all, this program is available to you at no cost to California taxpayers. Just look at some of the great features of the CalVet loan:
- Low interest rate
- Even lower rate for qualified first time home buyers
- Low or no Down Payment
- Loans up to $521,250
- Subsequent eligibility - Use the loan again
- Home and loan protection plans
- Home Improvement Loans
Interest rates for new loans are reviewed frequently. Interest rates are subject to change without notice. Current rates are posted in this website. Your rate is "locked in" as of the date you apply, and if rates are reduced while your loan is being processed you will receive the benefit of the lower rate. Call our toll free number at 1.800.952.5626, for up-to-date information.
Low Down Payment
Keep your out-of-pocket investment minimal with our low down payment requirement. CalVet Home Loans are available for up to $521,250 with no down payment if you are eligible for a loan guaranty from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet/VA), or with a down payment of just 3% of the purchase price for our CalVet97 program.
Maximum Loans up to $521,250
Our loan maximum works well in nearly every California market. The loan maximum for regular properties is $521,250; up to $175,000 for mobile homes in rental parks. First-time homebuyer loans have lower purchase price limits in some counties. Contact your nearest CalVet office for more information.
With the CalVet/VA loan we obtain the guaranty from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. On other loans we may purchase private mortgage insurance. In all cases a loan funding fee of between 1.25% and 3.30% of the loan amount will be charged.. Under certain circumstances the fee may be added to the loan amount. This is a one-time fee, and will not affect your interest rate or monthly installment unless it is financed in the loan. You will also be charged a loan origination fee (common with most loans) of one percent of the loan amount. This fee must be paid in escrow.
Have you been shopping for a home, only to be advised by your agent that you should be “pre-approved” so you know how much of a house you should shop for? You can obtain a pre-approval for a CalVet loan by contacting the CalVet office. You can also call 900.952.5626 to obtain the prequalification form, or download an application on this site under Forms & Information and submit electronically or via fax at 916.651.9085.
If you haven't checked into CalVet lately, you'll be pleased to know that the eligibility has been expanded. Most veterans planning to buy a home in California are eligible -- there is no prior residency requirement. Eligible veterans must meet federal rules regarding the use of the bond funds. CalVet has several bond fund sources for veterans who served during a wartime era, regardless of when they served. Veterans whose service was during peacetime are eligible, but must meet the requirements for use of Revenue Bonds funds. Peacetime-era veterans must be first-time homebuyers and meet income and purchase price limitations. Contact your local CalVet office to determine your eligibility and funding status. Veterans must have received a discharge under honorable conditions, and provide a copy of their DD-214 or release from active duty. If you are currently serving on active duty, you can provide a Statement of Service to verify your qualifying dates and character of service.
You may obtain a new CalVet loan each time you decide to change your residence -- it may be used again and again. Once the previous loan has been paid off, you may obtain a new loan with the current features, subject to eligibility and financial qualification.
Home and Loan Protection Plans
In an effort to ensure that your investment is safe and sound, CalVet provides comprehensive protection for you and your family. However, this is another area where you deserve the best. No other lender offers you protection against natural disasters like CalVet. While thousands of Californians have lost everything in natural disasters like floods and earthquakes, CalVet loan holders have full guaranteed replacement cost coverage for their home, keeping disaster in check. You'll be fully protected against floods and earthquake damage with your CalVet financed home. CalVet's deductible is a low $500 on flood claims, and $500 or 5% of the coverable loss (whichever is greater) on earthquake and mudslide claims. Should disaster strike, you'll be on your way to recovery in days, and at a considerable savings over the costs associated with private policies.
Most loans also include fire and hazard insurance coverage. You will have guaranteed replacement cost coverage on the home, with low premiums and a $250 deductible. But this still isn't all! With the CalVet loan you and your spouse have the option to purchase group life insurance in an amount needed to pay off your CalVet loan. Applicants must be under the age of 62 when their loan is funded and be approved for coverage by the insurance carrier. Coverage will cease when the contract holder reaches age 70.
You may process your loan through the local CalVet office or with a certified mortgage broker. CalVet will assist you and your real estate agent each step of the way. Your agent or broker may coordinate the entire process with CalVet, just as they would do with loans from other lenders. Loan processing functions have been centralized to provide consistent and timely processing. We are now closing most loans within 30 days from receipt of the application.
Save Money with CalVet
Wouldn't you rather have lower payments and more money going into your pocket each month? Call today for more information on obtaining a CalVet loan, or for information on other benefits you may have as a veteran. For more information, or to get your loan process started, call your local CalVet office, or contact the Department of Veterans Affairs toll free information: 800-952-5626.