VA Benefits for Veterans With Disabilities

by Renee Marie Jordan 07/10/2022

If you're a qualifying U.S. veteran, a VA home loan can be your quickest path to home ownership. However, if you're legally disabled, there are even more financial benefits available. Here is a basic guide to VA loan benefits for veterans with disabilities:

Funding fee exemptions

VA loans don't require down payments, but come with funding fees instead. While much lower than conventional down payment amounts, funding fees can prove just as much of a financial hurdle as down payments for some veterans. The fees are calculated based on percentages ranging from 1.4% to 4% of the total amount of the loan. However, veterans with disabilities are exempt from paying VA funding fees if they qualify, potentially saving thousands of dollars.

Special housing grants

There are multiple housing grants available specifically to help veterans with disabilities finance and improve their dream homes. The main types of grants are concerned with establishing or improving accessibility of your residence, either permanently or temporarily.

For example, the VA Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) Grant is available to help either purchase or make changes to a home to accommodate a disability. Changes could include projects like ramp installation, wheelchair-accessible bathroom features and hands-free smart home equipment.

For temporary solutions, qualified veterans can apply for a VA Temporary Residence Adaptation (TRA) Grant to finance modifications to a relative's home. Even without complete remodeling, there are plenty of ways to improve accessibility and accommodate a range of disabilities using these options.

State property tax exemption

Depending on their state of residence, veterans with disabilities may be exempt from paying property taxes. Most states offer a form of tax break for qualified veterans, with amounts and requirements varying from one state to the next. To find out if you're eligible for this benefit, you can find resources available online and through the VA directly to determine your individual state's exemption offerings.

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Renee Marie Jordan

Renee Marie Jordan is a Third Generation Realtor®, who started out her career in residential lending. Jordan Real Estate was established by her grandmother, Jean Kotwitz, who was one of the first female real estate brokers in Solano County! The company was then passed down to her mother, Diane Jordan, over 40 years ago. Renee Marie then took over the company 24 years ago and in 2015 joined forces with RE/MAX Gold.   

Regarded as one of Northern California’s most dependable brokers, Renee Marie has gained industry respect for creating a successful brokerage company. Renee Marie’s unique blend of negotiating expertise, innovative thinking and belief that the client always comes first, has resulted in an extensive client base with many satisfied homeowners. Renee Marie specializes in residential sales, first time buyers, short sale properties, luxury properties, investment properties, foreclosures, 1031 exchanges, and has been the HUD specialist for Solano County since 2009.   

Renee Marie gets to the heart of her clients wants and needs. She attributes a great deal of her success to the many referrals she receives from clients who appreciate the care and thoughtfulness she puts into every transaction. Friends and family members can count on the same excellent service when they are referred to Renee Marie.