Posted on: May 15, 2015
The VA cash out refinance program is popular with Veterans who want to lower their home loan rate and at the same time, tap into their home’s equity.
Qualified veterans can use cash proceeds from their refinance to make home upgrades, pay down high interest credit cards, or take a vacation. Low interest rates and flexible payment terms make it a great time to invest in your home and use equity to pay off other expenses.
A VA cash out refinance loan allows a qualified veteran to one or both of two things. 1) Open a loan that is larger than their current loan, and receive proceeds after closing, and/or; 2) pay off a loan that is not currently a VA loan.
So, if you have an FHA loan or conventional loan, but don’t have the equity to refinance with the same type of loan, you could possibly refinance with a VA cash out loan. In some cases, you the lender will allow you to refinance up to 100% of the value of your home (100% LTV) with a VA cash out.
VA cash out refinance requirements are fairly similar to those of VA loans to buy a home. First, an applicant must meet VA home loan eligibility requirements. Eligibility can be established for:
VA cash out loan applicants will submit a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) which the lender can obtain for you fairly quickly. Have a valid DD-214 ready in case the lender needs it. If you are uncertain if you qualify, call 866-437-7385 to speak with a licensed lender who can answer your questions and help you apply.
The application process is easy. To get started call 866-437-7385 to speak with a knowledgeable mortgage professional. Or, simply fill out a short form here. From there, your licensed VA loan expert will guide you through the process.
Here are a few things your mortgage professional will help you determine:
A VA cash out refinance is different than the VA streamline refinance. Compare the differences with this chart:
VA cash out compared to VA Streamline Refinance
|VA Streamline Refinance||VA Cash out Refinance|
|Cash Out Allowed||No||Yes|
|Can Combine 1st and 2nd Mortgage||No||Yes|
|Maximum Loan to Value (LTV)||No Maximum/Not Verified||100% in some cases|
|Maximum Loan Amount||Current Loan Balance plus Closing Costs||$721,050|
|VA Funding Fee||.5% (unless exempt)||2.15-3.3% (unless exempt)|
|Mortgage Lates Allowed In Last 12 Months||1 (30 days)||0|
|Property Must Be Owner Occupied||No||Yes|
Perhaps the most notable difference between these two programs is that the VA cash out loan has a maximum loan-to-value of 100%, but there is no maximum VA streamline refinance LTV. This is because the VA streamline does not require an appraisal so current value is not determined. An appraisal and value are required for a cash out refinance.
The VA cash out program follows the same maximum lending limits as the VA loan to purchase a home. The standard limit is $417,000 but goes up to $721,050 in high-cost counties in Hawaii, California, Alaska, and other states.
For an in-depth look at VA loan limits, see our VA loan limits page.
The amount of money that you can receive from your loan depends on your current home value and specific lender. When working with one of our qualified lenders, they will make sure that they are able to provide the services you require and answer your questions quickly in regards to how much cash you can receive.
If you are interested in saving money with a VA home loan refinance but aren’t interested in the cash out option, visit our VA Streamline Refinance page for more information on the other types of loan refinances that are available.
Source: VA Handbook