For those retired veterans, active duty officers or dual income families fortunate enough to afford a home beyond the limit, the VA provides a great Jumbo loan option. VA Jumbo financing is readily available for loan amounts up to $1 million with a small down payment. The down payment requirement is 25% of the difference between the purchase price and the maximum VA Loan amount at 100% financing (currently $783,750 for Oahu in 2009). So, here in Honolulu, a purchase price of $1 million, would require a down payment of just under $55,000. With a small seller credit and today’s amazingly low interest rates, you could purchase a million dollar dream home with little more than 5% to cover the down payment and closing costs.

No other program offers a Jumbo loan with that little down; and best of all, no private mortgage insurance (a monthly savings of almost $675 at that loan amount). For those fortunate enough to be able to take advantage of this program, this could be an opportune time to trade up on your existing equity.