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Homebuyers Guide: What you need to know about the VA Loan

At Olympus Development Group, we feel everyone is deserving of securing a home, especially our Armed Forces members. We understand the importance of home buying military entitlements available to those who are and have served in the United States Armed Forces. Our team created this Homebuyers Guide filled with links directly to the documents needed to secure the Veterans Affairs Loan you have sacrificed for and earned the right to use.  

The Veterans Affairs Home Loan (VA Loan) is one of the most financially beneficial entitlements for military families. Regardless of your financial history; securing a VA Loan is possible even with bankruptcy or prior home foreclosure.

What’s the Purpose of the VA Loan? 

The purpose of the VA Loan is to help members of the military community secure a primary residence or refinance an existing loan. Let's break this down: for all the servicemen and women who are on active duty stationed at Fort Campbell; using the VA Loan to purchase a home in Clarksville, TN for you and your family fulfills the primary residence requirement.  

Who is Eligible for the VA Loan? 

According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; veterans, active duty service members, reservists, national guard members, and surviving spouses of deceased veterans are potential recipients of the Veterans Affairs Home Loan. Once you have met all the requirements, you will need a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Don’t worry, a COE is simple to obtain, and the staff at Olympus carefully monitors policy changes in regards to VA Loan requirements. For instance; active duty service members need a current statement of service. The following details are required; full name, social security number, date of birth, entry date on active duty, the duration of any lost time, and the name of the document writer. 

How to Apply for the Certificate of Eligibility (COE)? 

You can apply online: COE Online Submissions or use the printable form: VA Form 26-1880, Request for Certificate of Eligibility. If you choose to use the printable form, applicants can apply via mail by sending in a completed Request for Certificate of Eligibility to: 

VA Loan Eligibility Center: Attn: COE (262) P.O. Box 10003, Decatur, GA 30031 

An alternative method especially helpful for veterans is applying through the lender. If you are in the beginning stages of lender searching, be sure to add asking your lender about obtaining a COE to your checklist of questions.   

How Much Can Homebuyers Receive in VA Loan Benefits? 

Qualified recipients of the VA Loan can borrow up to $424,000 without a down payment throughout most of the United States. Yes, you heard it right - WITHOUT a down payment! The VA Loan program is a government-backed home loan program that does not require a down payment. The no down payment policy is available even for those in need of 100 percent financing for their home purchase. 

Homebuyers not eligible for the VA Loan are required to pay 20 percent down payment. For homebuyers who are unable to put down a 20 percent down payment; they need to acquire Private Mortgage Insurance. As mentioned, the federal government backs all VA Loans, therefore; the inability to make a down payment will not keep our staff at Olympus from finding the perfect home for you and your family.

Why should you consider purchasing a home in the Clarksville, TN area? 

Just so we are all clear on how amazing and strong this community is, the 101st Airborne calls Fort Campbell home. The 101st Airborne has participated in military campaigns in WWII (specifically Normandy), Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom).  It shouldn't be a surprise that Clarksville, Tennessee which borders Fort Campbell to the South has plenty of veterans services, a health care facility, and lots of community support. 

Clarksville Community Military Care Facilities, Resources, and Support for Veterans.   

Our personal favorite is the Clarksville Veterans Affair Clinic. This clinic provides social work, behavioral health, laboratory, and dietician services and also offers a pharmacy to veterans. Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom returnees can also access these services. 

Clarksville VA Clinic: 782 Weatherly Dr, Clarksville, TN 37043

Phone: (931) 645-3552 | Website: Clarksville TN VA Clinic Information 

Clarksville has numerous state, local, and volunteer services and resources for veterans and their families. The Montgomery County Veterans Service Organization’s mission is to provide assistance and support to all veterans specifically by providing counseling services, referrals to state and local agencies and programs, and lastly: assisting veterans, and survivors in navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans Service Organization: 350 Pageant Lane Suite 308, Clarksville, TN 37040  

Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

For appointments call (931) 553-5176 | Website: Veterans Service Organization

Clarksville, TN has a Military Past, Present, and Future and Most Importantly a Caring Community.

With Fort Campbell, Kentucky geographically located in both the state of Tennessee and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the military and it's families are a significant part of the community.

Simply tell yourself you deserve a home in Clarksville, TN, and we can help you. At Olympus, we don't just invest in homes and making them high-quality, we invest and take pride in serving the military community. Our team is trained and knowledgeable on the Veterans Affairs Loan entitlement and specifically the eligibility requirement and policies. Clarksville is where our company is headquartered, and we have developed relationships with financial advisors and banks to make the home buying process more accessible.   

Thank You for your service, and please reach out to us on how we can serve you and your family best.
Posted by Josephine Saffert at 9:20 AM