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VA Loans going strong in Phoenix

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Blog by Doug Ingersoll | August 28th, 2014

VA loans or mortgages grow in importance for Phoenix real estate market: Overall sales are down, but surging are sales with VA loans.

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While the number of sales of single family existing homes in Greater Phoenix have been down every month this year compared to the same month of last year, not so when it comes to sales involving VA loans.  The number of sales in which a buyer financed the purchase with a VA loan or VA mortgage is up every month this year compared to the same month as last year.  See Chart One below.  In fact, VA loans were 7.2% of all sales of single family existing homes for the first half of 2014 in Greater Phoenix.  The percentage of 7.2% has not been higher this century.  In 2013 the percentage was 5.2% and was 4.1% in 2012.  See Chart Two.

The United States Department of Veteran Affairs, shows the veteran population in Arizona at 527,400 as of September 30, 2013.   A veteran may purchases a home with no down payment up to a $417,000 purchase price.  According to the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Services, Inc. (ARMLS), for the first six months of 2014, there were 2,098 single family existing homes purchased with a VA loan.  Ninety-nine of these sales had purchase prices over $417,000.   The highest purchases price this year with a VA loan was in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The purchase price was $1,000,000.  I spoke with the selling agent Lyn Trayte with Dominic and Co. International Real Estate.  She said the buyer was a retired veteran and the transaction went smoothly.