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VA clarifies policy on third-party verification requirements for loan underwriting (Mortgage Professional America)

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has issued a clarification regarding its policy on third-party verification requirements for loan underwriting.
VA said that it accepts third-party verifications, subject to certain rules. The clarification, issued through Circular 26-17-43, follows inquiries from lenders regarding whether or not third-party vendors may verify borrower income, employment, and asset information to determine if a borrower qualifies for a VA-guaranteed home loan.
FormFree announced that asset reports generated by its AccountChek automated asset verification service meet all underwriting guidelines established by the VA for loans guaranteed by its Loan Guaranty Service.
“AccountChek completely eradicates lenders’ need to track down missing statement pages, wait on deposits to clear or wait for new statement cycles to begin, which translates to substantial time and cost savings. Moreover, AccountChek greatly reduces compliance risk for all parties to the loan by removing the opportunity for human error and fraud,” FormFree CEO Brent Chandler said. “Now, VA lenders and their investors can take advantage of the benefits of automated asset verification with confidence.”
“This clarification should give lenders the confidence they need to extend a significant benefit to our nation’s honored veterans,” Chandler said. “As a veteran myself, I am proud to help make the lives of VA borrowers easier by giving them a faster, easier way to obtain a mortgage.”
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