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Five Things Most Veterans Don’t Know About VA Home Loans

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Five Things Most Veterans Don’t Know About VA Home Loans The benefits of serving in the United States military are significant. Affordable healthcare, retirement pay and tuition assistance are just a few of the reasons why people join up. Many Veterans, however, aren’t aware that easy financing through VA home loans is an attractive alternative to traditional mortgage options in their journey to homeownership. Here are just a few of the ways VA home loans differ from other mortgage options: You Don’t Need a Down Payment Saving 20 percent for a down payment is a difficult proposition for most Americans. […]

How do I Calculate my VA Loan Funding Fee?

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VA home loans offer an affordable way for Veterans and their families to buy homes. While most VA loans do not require any money for a down payment, nor any closing costs, buyers are expected to pay a VA loan funding fee. Designed to help keep the VA loan program running, the funding fee is a percentage of the loan amount that is paid to the Department of Veterans Affairs. It also ensures that the loan guaranty program will continue to be an option for millions of military families for generations to come. The size of your VA home loan […]

Five Tips for Buying Your First Home

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Five Tips for Buying Your First Home We all hope to own a place of our own someday. Homeownership shows that you are committed to your goals. A house can also serve as an investment in your future. From a practical point of view, anyone hoping to live in a certain area for the foreseeable future should at least consider homeownership over renting. It just makes sense to build equity while you are paying for housing each month. Thankfully, there are tons of resources available to help Veterans through the home buying process. If you’re considering buying your first home […]

VA Loans: A Guide Explaining Veterans Home Loans

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Veterans home loans are among the best benefits available to active duty and retired military servicemen and women. Designed to help Veterans achieve their dreams of homeownership, the program offers affordable options regardless of a person’s credit history or cash on hand. Because there is no down payment required or minimum credit score threshold to be met, Veterans can explore a host of options for home buying, construction and renovations. What are the Benefits of VA Home Loans? Affordable and flexible, VA home loans are a good option for those without the cash saved for a down payment. Typically, when […]

Using VA Benefits to Purchase Your First Home

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Buying a home is exciting. It’s even more exciting when you realize you can use your VA benefits to do so. Among the many benefits extended to Veterans, VA home loans are among the most valuable. For many first-time home buyers, though, it can be hard to know what you don’t know. SoCal VA Homes employees are passionate about connecting Veterans with homes they love. With our team guiding you throughout the entire process, you’ll feel at ease with both your VA loan benefits and the options available to your family. What are the Benefits of Using a VA Loan? […]

The VAn Brady Report San Bernardino Sept18

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The VAn Brady Report – San Bernardino Sept 18

Is the Climb to Homeownership Too Steep for our Veterans?

by Peter Brady
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California home buyers have it tough. Veterans and active military using VA loans have it especially tough.  That is in no small part due to rising interest rates and home prices. The climb is especially in counties such as San Diego, Sacramento, and San Bernardino. The Van Brady report which publishes a variety of Veteran specific home buying data, including VA purchase transaction volume and the median prices paid by this niche of VA home buyers, has discovered unsettling data within its September reports. VA Loan Production Declines Dramatically Between August and September The simple fact is that when people cannot […]
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Gaga’s Performance and The Blue Angels Brought Tears To My Eyes

by Peter Brady
Hopefully you had a chance to catch this amazing performance by Lady Gaga at this years superbowl. Some are saying it was the best performance of the National Anthem at a Superbowl yet. What do you think? Watch Now And Tell Us What You Think
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Kyle & Kati James Buy Their Dream Home!

by Peter Brady
When Kyle and Kati found out about us, it wasn’t like most of our transactions. They were in the process of selling their current home and had found a beautiful horse property in Bonsall that they desperately wanted. Kati had grown up nearby and had always dreamed of raising her family in the same surroundings she had been raised. This home was owned by a couple who were getting divorced and had left the house a few years ago letting it fall into disrepair. When we had been contacted by Kyle and Kati, the house was about 30 days from being […]
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Answering the Call – Why One Man Enlisted at 35!

by Peter Brady
I met Jason Noval when I was in high school. He worked at the accessories counter at my favorite music store, and we became good friends and stayed in touch over the years. In May 2013, Jason enlisted in the United States Army to fulfill his desire to become a soldier and to serve his country. What might be unusual about this story is that Jason graduated from Basic Training on his 35th birthday! I told Pete about Jason and what he’d done at his age, and Pete was fascinated. “Nobody does that in their thirties,” said Pete, and then […]
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T Shirt Give Away Goes Viral!

by Peter Brady
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           CONTACT: JESSE LAWLER                                                                                                 PH: 949-268-7742   Small Business Owner Helping Veterans Pushed Past the Brink of Sanity After Free T-Shirt Give-Away Goes Viral…Globally ORANGE COUNTY, CA Between Thursday at 9:00PM and Monday morning, one little $30 add placed on Facebook had gone viral to 75 different countries in seven continents and all 50 states.  The company owner was ill prepared… “I guess we didn’t tell him EXACTLY what […]

The SoCalVAHomes-Mobile!

by Peter Brady
SoCalVAHomes.org now has its first fully wrapped van, SoCalVAHomes.org-Mobile! Be sure to be on the look out for this van as it makes its way across San Diego, Orange County, Riverside County and LA County helping our service men and women get the home of their dreams all for zero down, zero closing! If  you see it take a picture of it and send it to us and we’ll send you a T-Shirt! Our Mission is to help as many active and retired military get into the homes of their dreams as possible, so please let us know if we […]

2013 California VA Loan Limits

by Peter Brady
VA loans aren’t made by the department of the VA but are rather guaranteed by the VA. Below is an updated list of loan limits by county in the state of California. County Name Single Family Home ($0 down and up to) Max Guaranty ALAMEDA $1,050,000.00 $1,000,000 ALPINE $463,450.00 $1,000,000 AMADOR $417,000.00 $1,000,000 BUTTE $417,000.00 $1,000,000 CALAVERAS $417,000.00 $1,000,000 COLUSA $417,000.00 $1,000,000 CONTRA COSTA $1,050,000.00 $1,000,000 DEL NORTE $417,000.00 $1,000,000 EL DORADO $437,500.00 $1,000,000 FRESNO $417,000.00 $1,000,000 GLENN $417,000.00 $1,000,000 HUMBOLDT $417,000.00 $1,000,000 IMPERIAL $417,000.00 $1,000,000 INYO $417,000.00 $1,000,000 KERN $417,000.00 $1,000,000 KINGS $417,000.00 $1,000,000 LAKE $417,000.00 $1,000,000 LASSEN $417,000.00…
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Peter Van Brady and SoCalVAHomes.org Partners with UPS Store Owner

by Peter Brady
Peter Van Brady, founder of SoCalVAHomes.org was hosted by Huy Dang to help and train his staff on how the SoCalVAHomes program works and how to help our country’s active and retired service men and women overcome the challenges in purchasing a home in today’s market while helping add revenue to the store by helping out their current customers. Watch the video below:   In Pete’s Training he also covered frequently asked questions that UPS Store Employees got when interacting with their VA Customers, which included: Q:What are the VA loan limits? A:The depend on the county, Southern California’s 5 […]
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Charities That SoCalVAHomes.org Support

by Peter Brady
“We have been blessed with great clients and a good business in 2012, and we felt it was absolutely necessary to give back to our community that supports us.  These four charities share our common goals and beliefs of recognition, gratitude and helping those Veterans in need.  They also have a local focus, so we were more than happy to financially support them.” – Peter Van Brady Operation Gratitude- “Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, to their children […]

Peter Van Brady and So Cal VA Homes featured on Troop TV

by Peter Brady
Pete Van Brady, founder of SoCalVAHomes and Brandon Breshears were featured on Troop TV, a local Time Warner TV show that is provides information for our active and retired military. The show was recorded in a two segment half hour show and it goes in depth about how So Cal VA Homes can solve the major problems that our service men and women are facing when trying to buy a home using their well earned VA benefit. Troop TV Part 1: Troop TV Part 2: For any questions regarding So Cal VA Homes or any VA Loan program, please call […]

Peter Van Brady and SoCalVAHomes Honored by the City of Fountain Valley

by Peter Brady
Peter Brady, Founder of SoCalVAHomes.org was Honored at the Fountain Valley Veterans Day Celebration In the video below, James May, the Master of Ceremonies, describes who Peter Van Brady is and what SoCalVAHomes.org is doing for our active and retired veterans. The crowd of veterans, both active and retired, erupted into applause when James described how SoCalVAHomes.org helps by allowing veterans to get the custom home of their dreams for zero down, zero closing using their VA Benefits, even in this extremely tight market Once James had finished his keynote, which you can view in its entirety by clicking here, […]

Brian and Lisa Doudera Move In To Their New Dream Home!

by Peter Brady
Brian and Lisa Doudera, of Imperial Beach are now homeowners thanks to SoCalVAHomes.org. The house that they have is completely custom to their specifications, everything from paint colors, to landscaping to their newly remodeled kitchen. “At first it seemed like it was too good to be true,” said Brian when asked about how he felt about SoCalVAHomes.org, “And I’m a very skeptical person, but after talking to you guys I felt like I could trust you, and I’m glad I went with my gut.” Their home buying process wasn’t as easy as most people would think, most people believe that […]

SoCalVAHomes.org’s Supports… The Old Town Orange Flag Lowering

by Peter Brady
Every Wednesday at 6pm, the Patriot Gaurd meet at the Old Town Orange Circle to lower the flag. SoCalVAHomes.org’s team attends the first Wednesday flag lowering service each month, where they perform a special honorary service the the active service men and women who fell in the line of duty during the previous month. Respects are paid and the flag lowering draws a large crowd of veterans from all of the wars and conflicts going back to as far as World War II. Taps is played live as the flag ceremony takes place and the whole event draws a lot […]

Custom Imperial Beach Home For Our Happy VA Buyer Clients

by Peter Brady
SoCalVaHomes.Org started working with Brian and Lisa Doudera back in May of 2012. The goal was to find their dream home in Imperial Beach San Diego. Imperial Beach is a small beach community and is the southern most town in San Diego, and it is where the Douderas currently live. They are renters and contacted us to help them get the home of their dreams. We faced some real challenges when trying to find their perfect home, because the city of Imperial Beach at any time only has 18-25 single family homes active and on the market. Contrary to popular […]

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