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Old 12-29-2007, 05:46 PM   #1
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VA Home Loan Airstream?

Anyone ever done it? I live in upper Northeast Washington, just a few miles south of Canada. I am looking for a 35-footer to live in forever. Obviously, I would buy a new one, if I could. Anyone ever bought a used one this way?

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Old 12-29-2007, 06:01 PM   #2
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Anyone ever done it? I live in upper Northeast Washington, just a few miles south of Canada. I am looking for a 35-footer to live in forever. Obviously, I would buy a new one, if I could. Anyone ever bought a used one this way?
Hi, and welcome to te forums. I seem to remember there being criteria that have to be met before VA will give you a loan.

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Unless things have changed in the past 30 years, the VA doesn't actually loan the money, they just provide a guarantee to the bank in case the home owner defaults. Similiar to private mortgage insurance.

My first hubby and I got a VA/CHFA loan back in the late 70s. (CHFA is the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority that provides lower rates for first time home owners who meet certain income and credit guidelines.) We still needed to apply for a mortgage through a local bank that worked with those programs. Not all banks do. There was substantially more paperwork involved and the process took about a month longer.

The big plus for us at the time was 100% financing. At 21 we had no money!

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VA will not guarantee a loan for a camper, they are a depreciable asset, in the same catagory as a mobile home or vehicle. It'd be cool if they would, but the VA is going to insure the highest possible recovery in case of foreclosure. You could possibly build up equiety in a house and then get a 2nd mortguage to buy a rv but in this situation of high default/foreclosure rates it's going to get more difficult borrowing money unless one has high credit rating.
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Perhaps a reverse mortgage on your home, then by the time that is used up the trailer should be paid for.
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VA and FHA demand the "house" meets many requirements before they will approve a loan. Many of those requirements can not be met by a portable home without any land rights. Many banks and other entities offer car type or RV loans which would have to be the way you would go. If you maintain a primary residence, you can still take the interest on the loan on the RV as a second residence, if it meets the IRS requirements.

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