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Washington VA Loans

Deciding to purchase a house in Washington is a huge financial decision, but with the unique benefits provided by the VA loan, your dream of homeownership just got that much easier.

Updated on May 10, 2023

With the average listing price of a home in Washington landing at $562,936, the VA loan’s signature $0-money-down benefit is a considerable advantage for Washington homebuyers.

How to get a VA Loan in Washington

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 Seattle, WA, you'll need to find a lender licensed in Washington to do the loan.

See also: VA Loan Eligibility Requirements

Other Considerations for Getting a VA Loan in Washington

VA borrowers in Washington should also consider the cost and impact of VA loan limits and property taxes when making their home purchase.

Washington VA Loan Limits

As of January 1, 2020, VA borrowers in Washington 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 Washington’s VA loan limits.

Washington VA Loan Limits by County

County Loan Limit
King $977,500
Pierce $977,500
Snohomish $977,500
All other areas $726,200

Property Taxes in Washington

Another consideration for VA buyers in Washington is property taxes. For certain VA buyers, there are exemptions.

You may be eligible for a property tax exemption in Washington if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • A disabled veteran may receive an exemption on their residence if the veteran is 80 percent disabled as a result of service. The exemption amount is based on income, as determined by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Veterans with less than 80 percent disability rating may receive a partial exemption

If you are required to pay property tax in Washington, the American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau estimates you may pay the following in each county:

Property Tax Rates in Washington

County Property Tax Rate
Adams 1.07%
Asotin 0.97%
Benton 1.07%
Chelan 0.80%
Clallam 0.77%
Clark 0.99%
Columbia 0.86%
Cowlitz 0.91%
Douglas 0.86%
Ferry 0.64%
Franklin 1.15%
Garfield 0.98%
Grant 0.98%
Grays Harbor 0.90%
Island 0.70%
Jefferson 0.69%
King 0.88%
Kitsap 0.88%
Kittitas 0.69%
Klickitat 0.72%
Lewis 0.77%
Lincoln 0.76%
Mason 0.80%
Okanogan 0.78%
Pacific 0.88%
Pend Oreille 0.59%
Pierce 1.02%
San Juan 0.51%
Skagit 0.86%
Skamania 0.61%
Snohomish 0.89%
Spokane 1.01%
Stevens 0.71%
Thurston 0.96%
Wahkiakum 0.66%
Walla Walla 0.97%
Whatcom 0.74%
Whitman 0.94%
Yakima 1.00%

How VA Loans Work in Washington

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