VA Mortgage Calculator

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VA Funding Fee

 

Monthly Pay:   $860.40

 
House Price$200,000.00
VA Funding Fee (2.3%)$4,600.00
Down Payment$0.00
Loan Amount$204,600.00
Total of 360 Mortgage Payments$309,742.74
Total Interest$105,142.74
Mortgage Payoff DateAug. 2051

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VA loans are mortgages granted to veterans, service members on active duty, members of national guards, reservists, or surviving spouses, guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As long as the person was given a DD 214 document, which proves honorable discharge on good terms, they may qualify. VA loans are intended to help growing populations of homeless veterans in the U.S. find affordable houses. VA loans make up a small portion of all mortgages in the U.S. due to the specific demographic who qualify, but studies have shown that they have the lowest foreclosure rates of all loans.

VA Funding Fee

A VA funding fee is a one-time payment that borrowers typically pay as part of acquiring a VA loan. The fee is a percentage of the loan amount that varies from 0% to 3.6% depending on factors such as the down payment amount, veteran's military experience, type of home, and loan purpose. It is the fee that goes towards the upkeep of the program and is used in the case that a borrower defaults.

For applicants with 10% or more service-related disability (or their surviving spouse), the fee is waived.

The VA funding fee can be financed into the loan amount. All other fees must be paid in cash at closing after negotiations to determine whether the buyers or sellers are responsible for them.

Below is a chart that shows the standard VA funding fee structure:

Down PaymentFirst Time UseSecond and Subsequent Use
<5%2.3%3.6%
5-10%1.65%1.65%
≥10%1.4%1.4%

There are also other VA Funding Fee rates for different scenarios:

Other Common Fees Paid at Closing

Aside from the VA funding fee, borrowers will most likely need to pay some closing fees:

Certain fees are normally not paid by buyers. These include brokerage fees, real estate commissions, and title insurance.

Pros and Cons of VA Loans

Like any financial product, VA loans have pros and cons.

Pros

Cons

Considering the pros and cons, for anyone who can qualify, VA loans are often the best option. This is especially true for those exempted from VA funding fee and those who plan to put little or no down payment. When comparing the VA loans with another loan, the VA funding fee is the key. Make sure the VA funding fee to be paid is outweighed by the benefits from the VA loan.

Prepayment

Making prepayments can potentially shorten the loan term and reduce the interest payments. In the More Options input section of the calculator is an Extra Payments section to input monthly, yearly, or single payments. Use the results to see how much can be saved by making extra payments in terms of interest paid as well as the reduction in loan term. Note that, making prepayments is not for everybody. Be sure to evaluate your financial situation before making any prepayments.

There are no prepayment penalties or early payoff penalties associated with VA guaranteed loans. According to Title 38 of the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations, "The debtor shall have the right to prepay at any time, without premium or fee, the entire indebtedness or any part thereof not less than the amount of one installment, or $100, whichever is less."

House Affordability

To determine the house affordability of a VA loan, please use our House Affordability Calculator. In the Debt-to-Income (DTI) Ratio drop-down selection, there is an option called VA Loan.

Although DTI ratio requirements are used by VA lenders as a tool to gauge the risk concerning potential borrowers, if they cannot be met, other possible considerations are reviewed before an application is finally rejected. VA lenders may look at things such as a borrower's history of income or dutiful payments of credit as compensating factors.