Buffalo VA Loans

BUFFALO-CHEEKTOWAGA, NY

A VA loan is a mortgage loan that’s backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for those who have served or are presently serving in the U.S. military. The VA does directly lend, it guarantees the loans made by private lenders to veterans, active military personnel, and qualifying military spouses.

The most obvious benefit of VA loans is that no downpayment is necessary to purchase a home. They will also typically have significantly lower fees-- meaning that if you're eligible to receive a VA loan, it will likely be the most favorable option. VA loans come in 3 varities: purchase, refinance and cash out refis.

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Buffalo's 66 lenders originated 1,558 VA loans during 2021. The total origination value was $339,030,000, with an average VA loan value of $217,606.

Buffalo VA Loans, 30 Year Fixed Rates

30 Year VA mortgages in Buffalo averaged 5.53% for the week of 2022-05-20, compared to the national average (all VA variants) of 5.143% for the same period.

The average rate for the prior week (2022-05-13) was 5.54% and one month ago for the week of 2022-04-15, the average rate was 5.01%.

The average rate one year ago was 3.3%.

For refis of the same type during the week of 2022-05-20, the average rate was 5.66%.

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Buffalo VA Loan Lenders by Rates & Fees

The below table looks at the average fees and rates for VA 30 Year Fixed Rate (purchase, first lien) mortgages originated by each lender at the Buffalo level.

Name # of Loans 2021 Avg. 30yFix Rate 2021 Avg. Total Fees
QUICKEN LOANS, LLC 373 2.55% $4,882
Premium Mortgage Corporation 115 2.85% $5,938
Mortgage Research Center, LLC 105 2.86% $5,918
USAA Federal Savings Bank 70 3.04% $3,767
FREEDOM MORTGAGE CORPORATION 67 2.74% $4,370
NAVY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION 64 2.48% $6,044
Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company 57 2.83% $6,202
HUNT MORTGAGE CORPORATION 51 3.08% $5,993
1ST PRIORITY MORTGAGE, INC. 41 3.03% $5,540
UNITED WHOLESALE MORTGAGE, LLC 39 2.71% $6,295
Mr. Cooper ( Nationstar Mortgage ) 38 2.95% $2,807
Barrington Bank & Trust Company, N.A. 33 3.07% $5,358
The Federal Savings Bank 27 2.61% $7,139
PENTAGON FEDERAL CREDIT UNION 22 2.36% $2,843
NEWREZ LLC 22 2.65% $6,042
LOANDEPOT.COM, LLC 21 2.72% $4,183
Wells Fargo Bank 18 2.46% $4,355
PRIMELENDING, A PLAINSCAPITAL COMPANY 15 3.02% $6,749
CALIBER HOME LOANS, INC. 14 2.51% $3,492
AMERICAN FINANCIAL NETWORK, INC. 14 2.71% $10,611
HOMESTEAD FUNDING CORP. 13 3.06% $5,852
NVR Mortgage Finance, Inc. 12 2.79% $3,343
CROSSCOUNTRY MORTGAGE, LLC 10 3.06% $6,692
PLAZA HOME MORTGAGE, INC. 10 3.10% $5,620
Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC 10 3.04% $4,790
Citizens Bank 10 2.68% $3,762
First Federal Bank 10 3.40% $7,448
HOME POINT FINANCIAL CORPORATION 9 2.74% $4,659
KeyBank 7 2.84% $5,607
MOVEMENT MORTGAGE, LLC 7 2.77% $5,797
RELIANCE FIRST CAPITAL, LLC 6 2.73% $6,916
EVERETT FINANCIAL, INC. 6 3.27% $5,694
North American Savings Bank, F.S.B. 6 2.96% $4,804
NBKC BANK 5 2.58% $2,610
Northwest Bank 5 2.58% $5,966
PARAGON HOME LOANS INC. 4 2.84% $5,233
Flagstar Bank, FSB 3 2.67% $8,429
SUN WEST MORTGAGE COMPANY, INC. 3 2.33% $8,102
FAIRWAY INDEPENDENT MORTGAGE CORPORATION 3 3.08% $9,114
Bank of America 3 3.17% $8,619
InterContinental Capital Group, Inc 2 3.19% $5,495
FINANCE OF AMERICA MORTGAGE LLC 2 2.75% $9,445
HOMEBRIDGE FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. 2 3.00% $9,770
CARDINAL FINANCIAL COMPANY, LIMITED PARTNERSHIP 2 2.88% $3,724
Truist Bank 2 2.75% $3,672
AMERICAN FINANCING CORPORATION 2 2.50% $2,290
ROYAL UNITED MORTGAGE LLC 2 3.25% $9,017
Paramount Bank 1 3.00% $10,535
First Savings Bank 1 2.75% $3,289
First Home Bank 1 2.50% $3,131
Genesee Regional Bank 1 3.25% $13,044
GUARANTEED RATE, INC. 1 2.75% $2,786
Magnolia Bank 1 2.25% $2,283
MEADOWBROOK FINANCIAL MORTGAGE BANKERS CORP. 1 2.75% $7,779
Equity Prime Mortgage LLC 1 3.75% $2,382
NETWORK CAPITAL FUNDING CORPORATION 1 2.75% $3,172
CONTOUR MORTGAGE CORPORATION 1 2.25% $4,364
Northpointe Bank 1 2.75% $3,289
First Internet Bank of Indiana 1 2.50% $2,883
Bank of England 1 3.00% $1,880
RESIDENTIAL HOME FUNDING CORP. 1 2.50% $10,779
SEFCU SERVICES, LLC 1 2.75% $2,356
UNITED MORTGAGE CORP. 1 3.00% $2,174
Armed Forces Bank 1 2.75% $7,924
ARK-LA-TEX FINANCIAL SERVICES, LLC. 1 3.25% $12,462
U.S. Bank 1 3.25% $3,958

The top Buffalo VA lender as defined by loan originations is QUICKEN LOANS, LLC, with 373 VA loans originated. Their average total fees are $4,882, which is $1,056 lower than the next largest lender, Premium Mortgage Corporation.

The lowest fee Buffalo VA lenders (with over 10 loans originated) are Mr. Cooper ( Nationstar Mortgage ) ($2,807), PENTAGON FEDERAL CREDIT UNION ($2,843), NVR Mortgage Finance, Inc. ($3,343), CALIBER HOME LOANS, INC. ($3,492) and Citizens Bank ($3,762).

The lowest rate Buffalo VA lenders (with over 10 loans originated) are PENTAGON FEDERAL CREDIT UNION (2.36%), Wells Fargo Bank (2.46%), NAVY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION (2.48%), CALIBER HOME LOANS, INC. (2.51%) and QUICKEN LOANS, LLC (2.55%).

VA Loan Features

  • No down payment required
  • Negotiable and competitive interest rate.
  • Ability to finance the VA funding fee (plus reduced funding fees with a down payment of at least 5 percent and exemption for veterans receiving VA compensation).
  • VA rules limit the amount you can be charged for closing costs.
  • Closing costs are comparable with other financing types (and may be lower).
  • Closing costs may be paid by the seller.
  • No private mortgage insurance premiums are required.
  • An assumable mortgage.
  • Right to prepay your mortgage without penalty.
  • For homes inspected by VA during construction, a warranty from builder and assistance from VA to obtain cooperation of builder.
  • VA assistance to veteran borrowers in default due to temporary financial difficulty.