MarketWatch's Daniel Goldstein reports on the surprising number of veterans that do not use VA loans to purchase a home.

Yet, VA loans typically have lower interest rates than conventional mortgages, allow for higher debt-to-income ratios and lower credit scores, and they don’t require private mortgage insurance. 

While the number of veterans with these loans continues to increase, many experts say you must look further than the statistics:

But real-estate pros say that the VA’s hurry-up-and-wait requirements when it comes to appraisals and inspections, associated red tape and other idiosyncrasies when compared with other non-government loan programs can hurt military buyers in some markets, deterring brokers from steering borrowers to VA loans, and ultimately hurting veterans’ efforts to land homes.

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