Mortgage Resources

VA Loan Closing Costs

Closing Costs: When it comes to closing a real estate deal there is a lot to consider. On one hand there is the price of the home to consider and on the other hand the cost of the deal, or more often referred to as closing costs.  A question many veterans ask is, “Will my VA loan cover closing costs?”. This is a great question.  While a VA loan does not technically cover closing costs it is possible to structure a VA mortgage to achieve low closing costs.  For a more specific estimate of closing costs in the State of Colorado obtain a Good Faith Estimate – or as of October 3rd, 2014, a “Loan Estimate” – from your lender for any specific property. For purchase home loans, payment in liquid assets is required on all closing cost. You can receive a Gift Funds to help with the closing costs. You might also be able to receive a lender credit to cover most or all of your closing costs. For refinancing loans, all closing costs may be included in the loan, as long as the total loan does not exceed the reasonable value of the property, or Appraised value. Interest rate reduction loans (IRRRL) may include closing costs, including a maximum of two discount points. Closing costs to consider include the following:

  • VA appraisal (not always require on VA IRRRL) a statement of the property value and determines the maximum loan amount to be obtained without a down payment.
  • Credit report generally ranging from $35 to $65.
  • Loan processing fee or Admin fee – this fee is charged by mortgage lenders at closing to cover administrative costs for processing your loan.

  • Title search the process of determining from the public record that the person selling the property, has a right to sell the property in question.
  • Title insurance a policy is issued by a title company after a title search is completed and they have verified there are no outstanding liens against the property.
  • Recording fees this is charged for the recording of your deed on county records.
  • Transfer taxes – In Colorado this is 1% of your loan amount for purchases – there is no transfer tax on refinances. This is the tax paid when the title passes from seller to buyer.
  • Survey charges – this is not usually required in Colorado – the title insurance company or lender may require a survey of the property.
  • Hazard insurance this is for new home owners insurance that covers possible damages to your home.
  • VA Funding Fee – A fee sometimes charged by the VA to offset costs of the loan Guaranty Program.

2015 VA Funding Fee Rates

Loan Category Active Duty and Veterans Reservists and National Guard
Loans for purchase or construction with downpayments of less than 5 percent, refinancing, and home improvement 2.15 percent 2.40 percent
Loans for purchase or construction with downpayments of at least 5 percent but less than 10 percent 1.50 percent 1.75 percent
Loans for purchase or construction with downpayments of 10 percent or more 1.25 percent 1.50 percent
Loans for manufactured homes 1 percent 1 percent
Interest rate reduction refinancing loans .50 percent .50 percent
Assumption of a VA- guaranteed loan .50 percent .50 percent
Second or subsequent use of entitlement with no downpayment 3.3 percent 3.3 percent

This fee is established by VA to help offset the cost of the Loan Guaranty program. The fee charged varies depending on the amount and type of loan being financed. This is the only fee that may be added to the loan amount (financed) or paid in cash at closing. If you receive VA compensation or have been rated eligible to receive VA compensation you may be exempt from paying this fee. Your lender can verify this by submitting a Verification of VA Benefits form to VA for verification. You may also provide your lender with a copy of your VA disability compensation letter, if it is dated within the past twelve months.

All Veterans, except those who are specified by law as exempt, are charged a VA funding fee (See chart above). Currently, exemptions from the funding fee are provided for:

  • Veterans and Servicemembers receiving VA disability compensation
  • Those who are rated by VA as eligible to receive compensation as a result of pre-discharge disability examination and rating
  • Those who would be in receipt of compensation, but who were recalled to active duty or reenlisted and are receiving active-duty pay in lieu of compensation
  • Unmarried surviving spouses in receipt of Dependency and Indemnity Compensation.

The VA funding fee and up to $6,000 of energy-efficient improvements can be included in VA loans. However, no other fees, charges, or discount points may be included in the loan amount for regular purchase or construction loans. For refinancing loans, most closing costs may be included in the loan amount.