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Circular 26-17-25 - August 29, 2017 -
Special Relief Following Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding
PURPOSE: This circular expresses concern about Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) home loan borrowers affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding, in the State of Iowa, and describes measures mortgagees may employ to provide relief.

Circular 26-17-24 - August 29, 2017 -
Special Relief Following Idaho Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides
PURPOSE: This circular expresses concern about Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) home loan borrowers affected by the flooding, landslides and mudslides in the State of Idaho, and describes measures mortgagees may employ to provide relief.

Circular 26-17-23 - August 29, 2017 -
Special Relief Following Hurricane Harvey
PURPOSE: This Circular expresses concern about Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) home loan borrowers affected by Hurricane Harvey, and describes measures mortgagees may employ to provide relief.

Circular 26-17-22 - August 22, 2017 -
Special Relief Following Severe Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides in West Virginia
PURPOSE: This circular expresses concern about Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) home loan borrowers affected by severe flooding, landslides and mudslides in the State of West Virginia, and describes measures mortgagees may employ to provide relief.

Circular 26-17-21 - August 4, 2017 -
Special Relief Following Nebraska Severe Storms, Tornados, and Straight-line Winds
PURPOSE: This circular expresses concern about Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) home loan borrowers affected by severe storms, tornados, and straight-line winds in the State of Nebraska, and describes measures mortgagees may employ to provide relief.

Circular 26-17-19 - July 19, 2017 -
Clarification of Individual Water Supply System Testing
PURPOSE: This circular provides clarification and guidance concerning testing of individual (private) water supply systems for properties subject to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) backed loans.

Circular 26-17-18 - July 19, 2017 -
Procedures for Improving Communication with Fee Appraisers in Regards to the Tidewater Process
PURPOSE: The purpose of this circular is to enforce and re-affirm VA's Tidewater policy.

Circular 26-15-12 - Change 1 - July 7, 2017 -
Renewal of Appraisal Review Requirements and Instructions Regarding Department of Veterans Affairs Appraisal Management Service for the Lender Appraisal Processing Program and the Servicer Appraisal Processing Program Staff Appraisal Reviewers
PURPOSE: The purpose of this Circular is to extend the rescission date of the basic Circular so that stations continue to provide guidance on the VA’s position as it relates to these procedures.

Circular 26-17-16 - June 29, 2017 - Exhibit A
Award of VA Property Management and Servicing Contract
PURPOSE: This circular provides details concerning the award of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Real Estate Owned (REO) and Portfolio Servicing Contract (RPSC) to Vendor Resource Management (VRM), and operational matters related to VA's REO and direct loan portfolio, also known as VA's National Portfolio.

Circular 26-17-14 - May 19, 2017 -
Clarification of Locational Requirements of Comparable Sale Properties for VA Appraisals
PURPOSE: The purpose of this circular is to provide clarification for distance or proximity requirements of comparable sale properties used in VA appraisals.

Circular 26-12-6 - Change 2 - May 15, 2017 -
Credit Policy Updates
PURPOSE: The purpose of this circular is to extend the rescission date of the basic Circular so that stations continue to provide guidance on VA's position as it relates to these procedures.

Circular 26-17-12 - Change 1 - May 12, 2017 -
Instructions for Completion of VA Form 26-8923, Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan Worksheet
PURPOSE: The purpose of this change is to make minor corrections to Circular 26-17-12.

Circular 26-17-11 - April 11, 2017 - Exhibit A | Exhibit B
Instructions Regarding Documentation of Allowable Fees and Charges on the Truth in Lending Act- Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (TILA-RESPA) Integrated Disclosure Closing Disclosure (TRID-CD Form)
PURPOSE: This Circular provides the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) requirements for accurate completion of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s Truth in Lending Act- Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Integrated Disclosure Closing Disclosure (TRID-CD) document.

Circular 26-17-12 - April 12, 2017 -
Instructions for Completion of VA Form 26-8923, Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan Worksheet
PURPOSE: This Circular clarifies the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) requirements regarding the completion of VA Form 26-8923, Interest Rate Reduction Refinancing Loan Worksheet, effective for all Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL) applications originated (initial Fannie Mae Form 1003 application date) on or after July 2, 2017.

Circular 26-17-10 - April 7, 2017 -
Department of Veterans Affairs Affordable Modification
PURPOSE: This Circular provides guidance and instructions for modifying Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) guaranteed loans, which replaces previous guidance issued regarding the VA Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).

Circular 26-15-30 - Change 1 - March 9, 2017 -
Title Documentation of HOA Matters in Florida
PURPOSE: The purpose of this change is to extend the rescission date of the basic Circular.

Circular 26-14-23 - Change 1 - February 15, 2017 -
Appraisal of Proposed or Under Construction Properties from Model Homes
PURPOSE: The purpose of this change is to extend the rescission date of the basic Circular.

Circular 26-15-29 - Change 1 - February 15, 2017 -
Regarding Determinations of Spousal Status When Processing Applications for VA-Guaranteed Home Loans
PURPOSE: The purpose of this change is to extend the rescission date of the basic Circular.

Circular 26-17-7 - February 14, 2017 -
Continued Requirement for Using HUD Forms NPMA-99-A and NPMA-99-B for New and Proposed Construction Properties
PURPOSE: The purpose of this Circular is to remind all Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loan program participants that VA will continue to require the use of the current National Pest Management Association (NPMA) Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Forms.

Circular 26-17-6 - February 14, 2017 -
Cursory Review Status in WebLGY
PURPOSE: The Circular provides a new system requirement for Staff Appraisal Reviewers (SARs).

Circular 26-17-5 - February 10, 2017 -
Policy Changes Affecting Value Adjustments and Photographs
PURPOSE: This circular is a continuation of two previously active policies; value adjustments to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Notice of Value (NOV) by lender's Staff Appraisal Reviewers (SARs), and required photographs in VA appraisals.

Circular 26-17-4 - February 10, 2017 -
Special Relief Following Severe Storms and Tornadoes in Georgia and Mississippi
PURPOSE: This circular expresses concern about Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) home loan borrowers affected by severe storms and tornadoes in the states of Georgia and Mississippi, and describes measures mortgagees may employ to provide relief.

Circular 26-13-24 - Change 2 - February 6, 2017 -
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Water/Sewer Connection Requirements
PURPOSE: The purpose of this circular is to provide updated VA requirements for water/sewer connection for properties which are on individual water and/or sewer systems.

Circular 26-17-3 - February 6, 2017 -
Agreement of Sale/Sales Contract to be Provided to the Fee Appraiser
PURPOSE: The purpose of this circular is to clarify the continuation of policy that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requires a copy of the agreement of sale or sales contract be provided to the fee appraiser by the requester of the VA appraisal upon assignment.

Circular 26-17-2 - January 23, 2017 -
Clarification and New Policy for Student Loan Debts and Obligations
PURPOSE: The purpose of this circular is to clarify and explain new policy regarding student loans for the underwriting of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) guaranteed home loans.

Circular 26-17-1 - January 13, 2017 -
New Electronic Upload of Prior Approval Loan Submissions
PURPOSE: The purpose of this circular is to announce that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will require lenders to upload prior approval loan submissions electronically through the WebLGY system.

Circular 26-14-35 - Change 1 - January 4, 2017 -
Policy Changes for Specially Adapted Housing, Special Housing Adaptation, and Temporary Residence Adaptations Grants
PURPOSE: The purpose of this Circular is to extend the rescission date of the basic Circular, and update contact information.

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