The VA Loan became known in 1944 through the original Servicemen’s Readjustment Act also known as the GI Bill of Rights. The GI Bill was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and provided veterans with a federally guaranteed home with no down payment. This feature was designed to provide housing and assistance for veterans and their families, and the dream of home ownership became a reality for millions of veterans. The GI Bill contributed more than any other program in history to the welfare of veterans and their families, and to the growth of the nation’s economy.

VA Financing:

  • No down payment required
  • VA Upfront 1st Time Funding Fee 2.15% (some veterans are exempt from this fee – check with VA to find out if you are exempt)
  • No monthly mortgage insurance required

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MJW Financial helped us remortgage our house for a lower interest rate. I chose MJW because they had an A rating which they definitely lived up to. First of all, they were kind and respectful, next they were always “Johnny on the spot” getting the process started right away, keeping the paper process going and always being there with an answer whenever I had a question. They were always available and approachable for questions, never made me feel bad for asking questions. I really was glad I went to them and if I had it to do over again, I would make the same choice. I totally recommend them. I give them an A+ rating.

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Below is a brief summary of the mortgage loan process. Please note, this process is not concrete and certain steps of the process may change based on individual situations.

  1. Pre-Qualification

  2. Loan Process Begins

    • Borrower puts offer on potential home
    • Accepted purchase contract is sent to MJW by borrower and/or real estate agent
    • Simultaneously, borrower contacts insurance agent to get initial quote for new home purchase. Borrower provides MJW with contact information for insurance.
    • MJW discusses rates with borrower
    • Initial disclosures – which include information previously sent plus additional information requested by loan officer
  3. Underwriting Process

    • MJW submits to underwriting.
    • MJW orders appraisal of potential home
    • MJW receives initial underwriting approval with conditions (i.e.  additional items the underwriter is requesting for verification)
    • MJW sends back appraisal and conditions to underwriting for review
  4.  Additional Requests by Underwriter

    • If underwriter has additional request after initial conditions are reviewed, borrower to provide additional documents
    • MJW sends back to underwriting for further review.
    • Refer to number 3 above for following steps
  5.  Clear to Close Issued

    • Closing documents (i.e. financial loan documents, mortgage, note) ordered and sent by MJW to title company
    • Title company prepares Closing Disclosure Settlement statements (i.e. a document that shows all fees being charged)
    • Lender approves Closing Disclosure and sends wire information to title company for closing. Borrower is provided copy of Closing Disclosure so they can prepare for financial closing


Do NOT black out or cross out any information on documents or they will not be accepted by underwriting. Additionally, please make sure all submissions via email are in .pdf format.

  1. Pay Stubs

    Must reflect the last 30 days and include: borrower name, company name, company address, pay period, pay date, salary/wages, current payment information, year-to-date information.

  2. Bank Statements

    Must reflect the last two months (NOTE: If a retirement account is included, must be quarterly statement). Must include: borrower’s name, address, account number, bank name. All pages in numerical order, even if blank. NO ONLINE PRINT OUTS ACCEPTED!

  3. W-2 and Federal Tax Returns

    Must include documents for the last two consecutive years (all pages/schedules). NOTE: Self-employed borrowers will need copies of all K-1s if ownership in business is 25% or more; copies of all pages of business returns will be required.

  4. Photo ID

    Must be legible. Must be provided by all borrowers/co-borrowers.

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