Deciding to purchase a house in Illinois is a huge financial decision, but with the unique benefits provided by the VA loan, your dream of homeownership just got that much easier.
With the average listing price of a home in Illinois landing at $367,690, the VA loan’s signature $0-money-down benefit is a considerable advantage for Illinois homebuyers.
See also: VA Loan Options for Other States
VA loans are made by private lenders and guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Because private lenders make the loans and not the VA, you need to find a lender licensed in the state you plan to purchase or refinance.
For example, if you're purchasing a home in Aurora, IL, you'll need to find a lender licensed in Illinois to do the loan.
VA borrowers in Illinois should also consider the cost and impact of VA loan limits and property taxes when making their home purchase.
As of January 1, 2020, VA borrowers in Illinois with their full VA loan entitlement are not restricted by VA loan limits. This means you can borrow as much as a lender is willing to lend without needing a down payment.
However, veterans without their full VA loan entitlement are still bound to Illinois’ VA loan limits.
As of Jan 1, 2020, VA loan limits for all counties in Illinois are $548,250.
Another consideration for VA buyers in Illinois is property taxes. For certain VA buyers, there are exemptions.
You may be eligible for a property tax exemption in Illinois if you meet one of the following conditions:
If you are required to pay property tax in Illinois, the American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau estimates you may pay the following in each county:
|County||Property Tax Rate|
|De Witt County||1.84%|
|Jo Daviess County||1.94%|
|Rock Island County||2.23%|
|St. Clair County||2.21%|
View the graphic below to learn more about how VA loans work in Illinois.