Requirements & Process: What You Should Know About Buying a Condo With a VA Loan

by Linda Cappello Broker, GRI, ABR 12/18/2022

Military veterans can use their VA loan benefits to finance a new home. However, different property types can have different processes and requirements compared to single-family residences. Here are the most important things to know about buying a condo with a VA loan:

Is the Condo VA-Approved?

You can use a VA loan to purchase a condo or townhome unit instead of a single-family home. However, the condo needs to be part of a VA-approved development. It's common for communities to state their VA approval if they have it, but there are resources available online through the VA you can use to check.

Prepare for a Potentially Long Process

Buying a condo through a VA loan has some unique application steps. If you wish to buy a condo that is not already VA-approved, an approval process has to happen before you can buy. This process involves the lender requesting documentation from the development to determine their eligibility. Some of the information requested can include homeowner association bylaws, current financial and litigation statements and lot surveys of the property.

Unfortunately, this process can take several months, and the condos are not obligated to provide the documentation at all. Therefore, it's crucial to prepare your buying timeline accordingly. If your chosen condo is already VA approved, you can skip this part of the process entirely.

Requirements for VA Approval

While the VA does not publish their specific guidelines for approval, there are some common considerations. Some of these conditions include owner-occupancy rates, vacancy rates and HOA dues. Your specific lender may also have requirements for approving a development in addition to the VA standards.

Finding your dream home can be a long process, and even longer if your financing requires additional steps to secure. If you're interested in using a VA loan to buy a condo, these are the most important things to remember.

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Linda Cappello Broker, GRI, ABR

Linda A. Cappello, Owner/Broker of Cappello Realty Shoreline Properties. Cappello Realty is a full service boutique Real Estate firm that specializes in Norwalk, and services all of Fairfield County, CT. Linda has been in the Real Estate business for 18+ years, spending 15 of them as a Broker-Owner. Being a Broker adds a lot responsibility to her job. She is responsible for overseeing every transaction and agent in the office. This is a challenge that she looks forward to and takes very seriously. She is constantly taking continuing education classes and attending seminars to keep abreast of the ever changing market as well as the industry standards, rules and regulations.  

She is a native to Norwalk, and has an in-depth knowledge of the city that she loves, as well as the intricacies of the many unique neighborhoods and areas that Norwalk offers. Linda offers her clients a network of professionals ranging from Attorneys, Mortgage Brokers & Home Inspectors to any and all pros that you may need for a successful transaction and for the convenience of her clients.  

"My job doesn't end at the closing table. It goes far beyond that, keeping in touch and staying friends who refer their family and friends. A lot of my business is referral business which is the greatest accomplishment and honor of all. Earning my clients trust."