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VA jumbo loans offer veterans and military buyers significant benefits, especially compared to the conventional jumbo landscape.

With a VA jumbo loan, homebuyers have increased access to homes in high-cost metro areas, while utilizing their VA loan benefits – including the flagship $0 down.

VA loan limits are used to determine how much veterans without their full VA loan entitlement can borrow before needing to put money down. Veterans with full entitlement can borrow as much as a lender is willing to lend without the need for a down payment.

VA Jumbo Loan Requirements

While service requirements remain the same, VA jumbo credit and income requirements are typically more stringent compared to a conforming VA loan. Additionally, VA jumbo rates may differ slightly -- but every lender is different.

Depending on the lender, you may need enough cash reserves to cover a certain number of months’ worth of mortgage payments. Veterans United doesn't currently have a cash reserve requirement for most VA jumbo loans.

Overall, VA jumbo loan guidelines vary depending on the lender, the size of the loan and other factors. But they're often considerably more lenient than what veterans and military buyers will need for conventional jumbo loans.

Need help determining if you're eligible for a VA jumbo loan? Speak with a trusted VA-lending specialist today.

VA Jumbo Loan Down Payments

Veterans with their full VA loan entitlement do not need a down payment for a jumbo loan, regardless of the loan amount. Essentially, if you can afford it, the VA will back it.

That's an incredible benefit. Conventional buyers might need to put down as much as 20 percent in order to secure jumbo financing. A 20 percent down payment on an $800,000 loan comes out to $160,000.

Down payments can come into play for veterans with diminished entitlement, either because they have a prior VA foreclosure or one or more active VA loans.

But between the more relaxed guidelines and down payment setup, VA jumbo financing can offer a tremendous purchasing opportunity for qualified borrowers.

Talk with a Veterans United loan specialist at (757) 340-0013 if you're considering a jumbo loan.

VA Jumbo Loans v. Conventional Jumbos

Conventional jumbo loans are different than VA jumbo loans in some key ways. Jumbo loans are loans made above the conforming loan limit, and they cannot be securitized through the government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.

That means the market for conventional jumbo loans is smaller and less resilient than the market for conforming conventional loans. During difficult economic times, buyers can have trouble finding conventional jumbo loans or wind up paying a premium for them.

Additionally, conventional jumbo loans often require higher credit scores and bigger down payments than standard conventional loans.

But VA jumbo loans are just like any other VA loan. They can be securitized, in this case through Ginnie Mae. Jumbo VA loans still get a guaranty from the VA and look like most other VA loans, including the $0 down payment advantage for qualified buyers.

Talk with a Veterans United loan specialist at (757) 340-0013 if you're considering a jumbo loan.

1 Our military advisors are paid employees of Veterans United Home Loans.