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The answer is yes! (As long as the penalty is included in the max allowable concessions by Seller on a VA loan).

This is great news for Homebuyers who are Veterans of the Armed Forces.

With Interest rates being as low as they are and house prices as affordable as they are compared to recent times, many Veteran homebuyers are held back just by the stiff penalties for breaking a  Rent-Lease.


The Seller can not only pay that penalty but it can be safely disclosed on the Closing Statement.

Pass on the good news!


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Many Veterans and their families ask this question: Can the Veteran (homebuyer) who knows he/she is about to be deployed, purchase a home using a VA loan with the intention of occupying the property?
Yes and No!
Yes in that the Veteran can actually sign the initial Loan application and then ‘take off’ (be deployed), leaving a specific Power of Attorney for his trusted family member to execute to continue and complete the home purchase.
The Veteran must return home for a brief period within 6 months

The Veteran must return home for a brief period within 6 months (even for Rest & Recuperation) -for more details on this visit

The Veteran must purchase in the immediate vicinity of where he/she is stationed, and not their hometown necessarily. This means a Veteran who has been relocated to Camp in South Carolina for example, from California could not purchase an owner occupied-home in California at that time.

Another requirement is the need for an “Alive & Well Letter” immediately prior to the funding of the VA loan; this can be obtained from the Unit he/she is serving in.

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The answer is yes, with some restrictions.
The Veteran homebuyer has to live in/occupy one of the units as his/her principal residence.
The Veteran homebuyer cannot use the rental income he/she will acquire from the other units, to qualify for the VA loan.

The good news is that the VA Loan will finance 100% of the purchase price, even on 2, 3, or 4-unit property.

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Yes he/she can! And yes , with a VA loan!
Federal Tax Liens are basically the last stage of the collection process by the Internal Revenue Service, after a Levy.
A lien basically ties up assets owned by the debtor.
How can a VA loan be approved under these circumstances ?
If the Veteran has a Payment plan (Installment repayment agreement) with the IRS, and has been making the payments on time for at least the past 12 months (which can be documented for the VA Underwriter), then the Veteran can indeed be approved.
How does the VA Underwriter deal with the CAIVRS alert that will surely come up?
The approved repayment plan will allow the CAIVRS to be cleared. (Federal IRS tax liens are allowed to stay unpaid if the IRS subordinates the tax lien to the VA mortgage.)
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If the mortgage the Veteran was foreclosed on was a non-VA loan (e.g. FHA, CONV etc) then he/she is eligible for VA financing after 2 yrs. However if the loan that was foreclosed on was a VA loan, some restrictions come into play.
The Dept of VA is going to assess how much their $ loss was through that foreclosure. If the loss from the previous VA loan foreclosure has not been repaid, then there may not be enough entitlement remaining to allow the Veteran to borrow 100% of the purchase price on the new home being purchased. Here’s an example of how the figures may look: The following example shows how a foreclosure on a VA loan and failure by the Veteran who experienced foreclosure to repay the losses to the VA, can detrimentally affect his/her ability to fully enjoy the VA benefit:

A veteran has used $36,000 of his basic entitlement on a VA loan that was foreclosed. The loss was not repaid. It’s been two years since foreclosure and the borrower would like to purchase another home using the Program. The loan amount will be $300,000 where the county limit is $417,000.

$417,000 x 25% = $104,250 maximum guaranty with full entitlement
$104,250 – $36,000 (not restored) = $68,250 entitlement available
$68,250/ $300,000 = 22.75% is the max allowed VA Guaranty on this loan

In other words, the typical 25% VA Guaranty is not in play in this scenario, forcing the Veteran to come in with cash downpayment.($27,000)

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