The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a number of training opportunities related to the VA Home Loan Program, including both national and local initiatives.
National Training Initiatives:
Online Training Courses
VA currently offers four online training courses geared specifically towards lenders, servicers and real estate professionals.
Hometown USA is a detailed course on VA Credit Standards that can be used to fulfill the training requirements for VA-approved underwriters.
Home Safe is a question and answer game about loan processing and appraisal issues.
The Case of the Laudable Loan provides a general overview of the mortgage loan industry.
VA has put together a series of short videos specifically for lenders. These videos may be watched on line at no cost, or purchased for $19.95 each.
Each year, VA produces a series of live interactive television broadcasts for employees of Lenders and Brokers, Fee Appraisers and Real Estate Professionals. These broadcasts can be viewed at most VA Regional Offices, or online from your computer. Videotapes of each session are available for purchase.
The Houston Regional Loan Center staff routinely visits lenders throughout our four-state jurisdiction, (that includes Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma), to provide training and promote the VA Home Loan Program. We generally target each major geographic area at least once per year, and spend about a week visiting lenders in that area. We set up visits ahead of time, and spend about 45-60 minutes at each lender's office, answering their specific questions. More in-depth training can also be scheduled by contacting us ahead of time.
Additionally, we coordinate with professional organizations such as the Mortgage Bankers Association, Association of Professional Mortgage Women, and the Board of Realtors to provide more in-depth training at functions sponsored by those organizations. Loan Guaranty staff are also frequently called upon to speak at the monthly meetings of various professional organizations to share the latest information about the VA Home Loan Program.
If you would like to know when we plan to visit your area, or to schedule a visit with your company, please contact us by e-mail or telephone 1-888-232-2571, extension 1728.