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Can a Surviving Spouse Get a VA Loan?

By Aly Yale / February 21, 2019
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VA loans — or loans backed by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs — are traditionally reserved for veterans or current active military members. But surviving spouses who have lost their military-employed husband or wife can also potentially qualify, too.…

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What Is a VA Loan and Who Qualifies for the Program?

By Jon Clark / February 2, 2019
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The United States federal government thanks its servicemen and servicewomen in many different ways throughout their lives. From health care, insurance, education, and jobs, the government tries to provide constant resources for its military members — even long after their…

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How to Refinance Your Off-Base Home

By Aly Yale / June 19, 2018
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If you’ve been in your off-base home for more than a few years, you may want to look into refinancing. In many cases, refinancing can lower your monthly payments, shorten your loan term, give you funds to use toward upgrading…

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Salute Your Home: How to Display Your Colors for Flag Day 2018

By Tim Coutis / June 14, 2018
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Many of us mark Memorial Day as the beginning of summer — a solemn occasion intended to honor those who’ve died in service to their country. But, following that holiday and shortly before the fireworks of Independence day, comes Flag…

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VA Refinancing Before Your Next Renovation

By Aly Yale / May 31, 2018
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Whether you’re renovating to add convenience, improve your home’s aesthetic, or increase its overall value, one thing’s for certain: VA refinancing can help make it happen. Rather than scrimping and saving, pulling money from your 401K, or cutting corners and…

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A Guide to Your First Off-Base Home

By Aly Yale / May 8, 2018
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Buying your first home is always exciting, but when you’re used to the outdated, old, and not-so-glamorous properties on military bases? The venture is even more exhilarating. For the first time, you have full control over where you live, what…

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Online Resources for the Military Home Owner

By Mary Mack / March 19, 2018
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Since the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act was passed by the United States Congress in 1944, veterans, surviving spouses, and current members of the armed forces have been rewarded for their sacrifice and service with a number of government-sponsored benefits; chief among…

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What You Need to Know to Apply for a VA Loan

By Tim Coutis / January 30, 2018
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The VA loan program was created as part of the original Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 1944 for service men and women returning home from World War II. Like the GI bill, it was designed to…

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No More BAH? Tips for Managing Your Post-Military Home Loan

By Aly Yale / January 15, 2018
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Transitioning away from military life can be difficult for many families—particularly when it comes to housing. As a military family, you were either living on base (with all your costs paid for), or you were in an off-site rental or…

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Getting a Mortgage Post-Military Might Be Easier than You Think

By Aly Yale / January 3, 2018
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It’s easy to think post-military life might be harder—and more expensive. Without government-paid housing, food allowances and other benefits to support you, how will you get by? Can you even qualify for a mortgage, let alone pay for one month…

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