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June 07, 20242 min read

Selling or buying a home with a VA assumable loan can offer unique benefits for both parties involved. Here's a comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about VA assumable loans and how to navigate the process successfully:

Identify a Qualified Buyer

The first step in the VA loan assumption process is identifying a qualified buyer. The buyer must demonstrate financial stability through proof of income, employment, and a credit history comparable to that required for obtaining a VA loan.

Initiate Contact with the Current Homeowner

Engage with the current homeowner to gauge interest in pursuing a loan assumption. If interested, the homeowner should contact their lender to initiate the VA loan assumption process, typically handled by a specialized department within the lender.

Verify Buyer's Financial Capability

Obtain credit reports from all major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) to assess the buyer's financial readiness for assuming the loan. This step ensures that the buyer is well-equipped to take on the financial responsibility of the loan.

Secure Release of Liability from the VA

To ensure a smooth transition, obtain a release of liability from the VA, absolving the current homeowner of responsibility for the loan and transferring it solely to the buyer. This step is essential for finalizing the loan assumption process.

Notify Lender of Intent to Sell

Inform your lender of the impending sale and transfer of the loan to the buyer. Furnish all necessary documentation, including proof of release of liability from the VA, to facilitate the process smoothly.

Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

Partner with a knowledgeable real estate agent to list the home and navigate the sale process efficiently. Your agent will assist in finalizing the sale with the buyer, ensuring that all parties are well-informed and the transaction progresses smoothly.

Finalize Sale and Transfer Ownership

Upon completion of the sale, the lender will transfer ownership of the home to the buyer, who will then assume responsibility for making payments on the loan. This marks the successful conclusion of the VA loan assumption process.

By following these steps under the guidance of a seasoned real estate professional with VA expertise, both sellers and buyers can navigate VA assumable loans seamlessly, ensuring a successful transaction for all parties involved.

If you're ready to sell your Southern California home, call me, Val O'Neell today! (951) 397-2384.

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