In a Nutshell
- Completely free service
- Multiple (5+) offers per application
- No hard credit pull
- Website is very basic and lacks information
- Many of the partners are just other search engines
- Results are very generic (no personalization)
VASurveySite.com at a Glance
|Direct lender or marketplace:||Marketplace|
|Loan Types:||Purchase, refinance|
|Featured Loans:||VA (as well as conforming, jumbo, FHA)|
|Repayment Terms:||15-30 year fixed, 3/1 – 10/1 ARM|
|Minimum Down Payment:||No minimum|
|Minimum Credit Score:||560-640|
|Best For:||Comparing the VA loans market|
VASurveySite.com (and parent company The Wisdom Companies, LLC) is an aggregator that connects home buyers and home owners with lenders and brokers in its network. While VASurveySite.com is only the first stop in your mortgage search, it can speed up the process by hooking you up with multiple loan offers.
This service is useful for anyone just beginning to search for a home loan or refinance, particularly if you or your spouse have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard, or Reserves. Most lenders and aggregators in the VASurveySite.com network specialize in VA loans, government-backed loans with preferential treatment for active and former service people.
Types of Loans/Products
As discussed, VASurveySite.com specializes in VA loans, home loans issued by private lenders and backed by the federal government’s Department of Veteran Affairs. Lenders may issue VA loans to active service members, veterans, or surviving spouses that meet all the VA’s qualifying requirements and wish to buy, build, repair, retain, or refurbish a primary residence.
In addition to VA loans, VASurveySite.com can also facilitate other common types of loans. These include conventional loans (fixed and adjustable), Jumbo loans, FHA loans, and cash-out refinance.
The Application Process
As a loan comparison engine, VASurveySite.com feeds your information into its algorithm to match you with lenders from its network.
The process involves three steps.
The form takes around one minute to complete and consists of 11 simple questions. The first question concerns your military status, and the options are: current active duty, Veteran, Reserves / National Guard, retired military, married to someone who served, or no military experience. If you check one of the first five options, VASurveySite.com will help match you with VA and other loan offers. If you don’t have military experience, VA loans will be excluded from your results.
The questions aren’t at all invasive, which has its pros and cons. On the plus-side, you won’t have to enter any sensitive information and it won’t affect your credit score. But on the flipside, the fact that the questionnaire doesn’t get into the finer details means that the resulting loan offers suffer from a lack of personalization.
Also, you will need to enter your phone number, which VASurveySite.com will share with partners – so be prepared to have the phone ring off the hook over the following 24-48 hours.
Be prepared to answer the following questions:
- What branch do / did you serve in?
- Are you a homeowner?
- What type of home are you planning to purchase / do you own?
- How is your credit?
- How much do you plan to spend / is your home worth?
- How much will you borrow / have you paid on your home?
- Where are you planning to buy / do you live?
- What is your employment status?
2. Browse the results
Within completing the form, you will be redirected to a new screen displaying at least five lenders or brokers (or in some cases, other comparison engines). Under each result, you’ll see one bullet point elaborating the main reason to choose that provider. If you like any of the providers, then click the green ‘See Rate’ button on the right-hand side to be taken to their website. VASurveySite.com recommends selecting at least three partners to find the best deal.
3. Complete the process
Now that you’re on an actual lender or broker’s website, it’s up to you whether you want to complete the pre-approval process. Of course, you will need to give the lender sensitive information and it will affect your credit score.
Rates and Terms
Interest rates and fees vary from lender to lender in the VASurveySite.com network. Some providers offer APRs ranging from below 3% right through to double digits. VA loans typically have repayment terms of 15-30 years, although some of VASurveySite.com’s partners have conventional loans with 10-year repayment terms.
The main benefit to using a service like VASurveySite.com is that it helps you compare rates, fees, and terms from multiple lenders.
Help & Support
Before using VASurveySite.com, keep in mind that it doesn’t list any phone number or email address. After completing the VASurveySite.com online form, you should expect to receive phone calls from lenders and other providers in their network. However, there is no way of contacting VASurveySite.com directly if you have a query.
Just starting out your search for a VA loan or VA refinance? With 2,000+ service providers in its network, VASurveySite.com boasts one of the largest VA loan comparison engines on the internet. Each time you use the VASurveySite.com search engine, you receive at least five recommendations free of charge.
Q: What are the eligibility requirements for a VA loan?
A: According to VA rules, the following people are eligible for a VA home loan: veterans who have served at least 90 consecutive days of active service in wartime or 181 days of active service in peacetime; members of the National Guard and Reserve who have served at least 6 years; and spouses of veterans who died in the line of duty or as a consequence of a service-related injury.
Q: What is a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and can VASurveySite.com help you get one?
A: A COE is a certificate from the VA stating your eligibility for a VA home loan. Some of the lenders in VASurveySite.com’s network may offer free assistance with obtaining a COE. However, VASurveySite.com doesn’t offer any direct assistance.
Q: What is pre-approval?
A: Pre-approval is a confirmation from a direct lender that you are eligible for a loan from them. A referral from VASurveySite.com does not constitute pre-approval.
Q: If VASurveySite.com is free, how does it earn money?
A: VASurveySite.com earns money for referrals, and never charges its users directly. This means you can safely use its search engines over and over again without paying a dime.
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