A Fast Track to a Better Mortgage for Military Members: The VA IRRL

What is an IRRL?

A VA streamline refinance, also known as an IRRL (pronounced Earl) is a simplified loan with relaxed qualifications for service members and for service members and veterans.

An IRRL doesn't require an an appraisal or go through the typical VA lender underwriting process. THAT SAVES A LOT OF TIME, PAPERWORK AND FEES!

Relief for Military Members & Veterans via IRRL Refinance


A VA IRRL is used to refinance one VA mortgage into another. It is simply an improvement on your old loan. This allows you potential for significant benefits - a lower rate, a lower payment or both.

Another helpful benefit is the ability to move from an adjustable-rate loan to a fixed rate loan. A much more secure mortgage package.

Lenders are big fans of IRRLS as they are far easier to navigate from a processing and paperwork process on their end.

Granted... You still have to qualify for the loan. Unfortunately the IRRL doesn't make that requirement go away.


Unfortunately not (you can use a VA Cash-out Refinance for that... article coming soon on that one.)

There is one exception however, the Energy Improvement Mortgage (EIM). This type of mortgage can be used in conjunction with any VA refinance, including IRRL. An EIM allows you to add the cost of some energy-efficient improvements into your loan.


Aside from meeting the most basic VA loan eligibility requirements, the rules for VA streamline refinances are relatively lax. You don’t even have to live in the home to qualify for a VA IRRRL. That means you can use it to refinance a house you’re currently renting out. You’ll need to certify that you previously lived there.

You won’t even need a new Certificate of Eligibility for an IRRRL.

You may qualify if:

  • You’re an active-duty military member or veteran who meets length-of-service requirements.

  • You’re the spouse of a prisoner of war or service member who’s missing in action; the un-remarried spouse of a military member who died while on active duty or from a service-connected disability; or a surviving spouse who remarries on or after age 57.

  • The property you want to buy meets safety standards and building codes.

  • You meet the lender’s requirements for credit and income.

Efinity Home Loans is here to be a resource for all of your Home Loan and Refinance needs / Information.

If you have questions on regarding the IRRL simply give us a call at 214.238.9001 or you can click on the chat box at the bottom right hand corner to speak with one of our loan officers live.

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