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How do I know if my condo is VA approved?

Last Updated: 4th January, 2020

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In order to determine if a condo is VA approved or not requires a visit to the VA's website. From there, if you know the name of the condo association, you are in luck. Just enter the name and you'll have your answer within seconds.

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Herein, how do I find out if a condo is VA approved?

It's very easy to look up whether a condo is approved on VA's approved condo list. Just go to VA's website and type in the name of the condo. It's best to use just part of the condo name with an asterisk (*).

Also, do condos have to be VA approved? Buying a Condo With a VA Loan. Borrowers can use their VA home loan benefits to purchase a condominium. A condo complex must be approved by the VA in order for a borrower to purchase a unit. Hundreds upon hundreds of condo developments across the country are already on the approved list.

One may also ask, how long does it take for the VA to approve a condo?

30-40 days

How do I find out if my condo is warrantable?

Check the Lists HUD (for FHA loans) and the VA have lists you can consult to determine if a condo is warrantable. You can check the FHA list here and the VA list here. If you find your development's name on the list, you are in good shape. If you don't, then you have to do some more digging.

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What is a VA approved condo?

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Can you use a VA loan on a townhouse?

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Do townhouses have to be VA approved?

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What is a one time restoration of VA entitlement?

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How is VA loan entitlement calculated?

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  2. Bonus entitlement is $70,025 x 4 = 280,100.
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How do you get pre approved for a VA loan?

Documents you may need to provide during VA Loan preapproval include:
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  2. A copy of your DD-214 or Reserve/Guard points statements.
  3. A statement of service for active duty borrowers.
  4. Recent pay stubs and W-2s for the last two years.
  5. Recent bank statements.

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What is needed for a VA loan?

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