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Possibly. The time since any major negative credit issue will be factored into the underwriting decision. Enough time must have elapsed to demonstrate good credit in the intervening period.

ODVA home loans are currently limited to the Fannie Mae limit, or up to 95 percent of the purchase price or appraised value of the property — whichever is the lesser. For the limited refinance transactions available, no more than 80 percent of the home’s appraised value may be borrowed from ODVA.

Currently, the maximum loan to value (LTV) amount is 95 percent for an ODVA home loan. ODVA home loans above 80 percent of the LTV must include Private Mortgage Insurance.

Currently, an eligible veteran may use the ODVA home loan program up to four separate times, but may only have one loan with a balance at a time.

Yes. However, such gifts must be documented and be transferred to the borrower or the closing agent prior to or at the close of escrow, without any obligation to repay.

ODVA does not have a minimum credit score requirement. Credit scores are only one component of the underwriting decision. 

Because mortgage originator offices and staff are continually changing, we have elected not to have this information on our website. We are happy to provide names of originators near you: Just call us at 503-373-2051, or toll-free at 1-888-673-8387.  


Program Details

No, the two programs are completely separate and offer different benefits. The main difference is that the federal VA loan is actually a guaranty, not a loan. The federal VA does not make the loan; rather, an individual lender makes the loan, and the VA guarantees the top 25 percent of the loan in the event of default — provided the loan is originated, underwritten, funded and serviced according to the limits and guidelines of the federal VA.

Because the loan is funded by the lender, the servicing can be transferred to different loan servicers, or the actual loan can be sold to other investors. But with the ODVA home loan, we actually fund the loan with our own money, and the loan is never sold or transferred.

We encourage veterans to explore the benefits and differences of all the available programs to determine which is best for them.

This restriction has to do with the way the ODVA’s loan program is funded, which is from the proceeds of Qualified Veteran Mortgage Bonds, or QVMB. Because these funds are considered “tax preferred” to investors, Congress passed legislation implemented by the IRS which has placed some limitations on their use. One of the limitations under our tax laws is that proceeds from QVMB bond sales can be used only for home loan acquisition — not for refinancing existing mortgage loans.


Spouses and registered domestic partners may jointly participate with the veteran on an ODVA home loan, but current spouses are not eligible to use the program on their own. To be eligible, a surviving spouse must not have remarried since the veteran passed away, and the veteran must have died on active duty.

No. ODVA cannot issue funds to purchase property in another state.

Because the criteria for eligibility are different, a veteran must apply for ODVA home loan eligibility separately. Having a federal Certificate of Eligibility does not mean that a veteran will be eligible for the ODVA home loan program.

As long as you intend to occupy the home as your principal residence within 60 days of closing, current residency in Oregon is not required. However, if you fail to occupy the home within that time frame, ODVA may require immediate repayment of the entire loan.


Property Types

Yes. ODVA cannot issue funds to purchase property in another state.

The property must be an owner-occupied, single-family primary residence. These include manufactured homes on owned land, condominiums and stick-built. Personal property manufactured homes, multi-family homes, commercial and agricultural properties cannot be financed with an ODVA home loan. 

Loan Servicing/Payments

Loan Cancellation Life Insurance (LCLI) is a separate program that offers levels of principal loan balance reduction or payoff. LCLI is a term life insurance product, based on your loan balance, intended to pay the loan if the insured should die. Normal underwriting will apply, and pre-existing medical conditions may affect the premium rates and coverage available for the first few years of the loan.

All ODVA home loans are originated with a monthly payment schedule. Partial payment options are not available. Veterans may pay by check or money order, have their financial institution send a check, or have ODVA draw funds from their checking or savings account on the fifth of the month.

No. ODVA home loans have no prepayment penalties.

All of our home loans are serviced by ODVA at our home office in Salem. Unlike most other lenders, we service every loan we fund and have never sold that loan or transferred servicing to another entity. Even loans originated by third-party lenders are transferred to us shortly after closing.