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The Standard VA loan limit in Florida for 2024 is $766,550 for most counties | Monroe County VA Loan Limits are higher at $929,200
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Florida VA Property Eligibility

Florida VA Loan Property Eligibility

VA lenders require that a home meets certain minimum property requirements before it can be approved for a VA loan. These requirements are designed to ensure that the home is safe and structurally sound, and that it meets the needs of the veteran and their family. Some of the specific requirements may include things like a minimum number of bedrooms and bathrooms, a functioning heating and cooling system, and a safe electrical system. Additionally, the home must be free of any major health or safety hazards, such as lead-based paint or mold.

The VA appraisal process is an important part of the loan process and it is used to determine the value of the property and to identify any issues that may affect the property’s value or safety. The appraiser will review the property and will look for any issues that may be considered minimum property requirements, such as a foundation problem, missing or damaged roof shingles, or faulty electrical wiring. Any issues that are identified during the appraisal will be reported to the VA underwriter, who will then determine if the property meets the minimum property requirements for a VA loan. If any issues are found that don’t meet the standards, they will have to be fixed before the loan can be approved.

Types of Acceptable Properties:

  • A single-family home is one of the most common uses for a VA home loan. Additionally, a townhouse or condominium can be approved, but it must be located in a community or development that has been determined acceptable by the VA. The VA provides a list of approved property developments, however if a condo isn’t already on this list; our VA Mortgage Expert can submit it for approval.

  • A VA loan can be used to purchase a manufactured home, as long as it will be sold with land and is on a permanent foundation. It’s important for borrowers to remember that lenders aren’t always enthusiastic about financing this particular type of property. Additionally, many lenders do not permit the purchase of modular homes in certain states, so borrowers should verify they live in a state in which this type of purchase is permitted.

  • A service member or vet can use a VA loan to purchase a home located on farm property, but not simply on land that would be used for farming. A home must be included in the purchase. Meaning, the loan is not for the farm land, but for the habitable, primary residence located on the land.

  • A multi-family unit can be purchased with a VA-backed home loan, but at least one of the units has to be used as the borrower’s primary residence. The units musty be in a VA approved development or must receive approval from the VA. Additionally, they have to be in a VA approved community. Lenders set forth requirements that dictate which multi-family developments are eligible. A few examples of ineligible communities include those that don’t have Homeowner’s Associations, and those that used Chinese drywall in their construction.

  • While a VA home loan can be used to build a new construction home, it may be very difficult to receive approval for this particular type of property. Unless the buyer is purchasing a home from a builder. Furthermore, the home must meet certain inspection requirements as it is being built.

  • VA Energy Efficient Mortgages are available, these are not used to purchase a home, but to make a home more energy efficient, however it is required that these are used in combination with a VA purchase or refinance loan.

Properties Not Acceptable:

  • A veteran or active-duty service member cannot use a VA loan to purchase a home that as an investment. The borrower cannot purchase a home using a VA loan with the primary intention of renting the property out. However, under certain circumstances, a home financed with a VA Loan can be rented out.

  • VA loans cannot be used as a business loan or to purchase storefronts or office spaces. VA loans are only designated for the use of residential properties.

  • A VA loan cannot be used to buy unimproved, bare or farm land that does not contain an owner occupied primary residence for the borrower.

  • VA loans cannot be used to purchase homes that are not located within the U.S and U.S. territories. 

Occupancy Requirements

Beyond the aforementioned guidelines, the VA has in place specific occupancy requirements that must be maintained by the borrower. Veterans and active-duty military members are required to prove that they will occupy the home purchased and that it will be a primary residence. A service member or veteran has 60 days after closing to move into a home, however in certain circumstances the VA may allow for an extension of this time.

In the event that the borrower is active-duty, deployed, or works in another area [ such as a contractor ] the spouse can typically fulfill the occupancy requirements.

The occupancy requirements mean a borrower cannot use a VA loan to purchase a vacation home or second home, although a second VA loan can be used if the borrower is experiencing a drastic change in circumstances, such as a PCS or divorce.

If you’re unsure of whether or not the property meets the criteria for a VA loan, contact one of our VA Mortgage Experts for immediate assistance at 407-955-4575  or start your secure online application now. Our VA Mortgage Experts can guide you through the process and help you determine which properties are eligible for purchase, helping you save time by expediting the process.

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