Eligible veterans and other homebuyers who were able to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility or COE may start using their VA home loan benefits, especially this year that they can apply for a higher loan amount to buy their dream home. Without the need of putting a down payment and with no mortgage insurance requirements are, by far, the most significant advantages of taking out a VA loan to buy a home. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), however, requires veterans to pay a funding fee.