Vets rescued by VA refi

Streamline loan has many benefits, few restrictions

One of the best — and easiest — streamline refinance programs is available to consumers who now have a loan guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The VA streamline, known as the Interest Rate Reduction Loan, has no "season" requirement, meaning that borrowers who refinanced recently still are eligible. In addition, the loans entail very little documentation and usually do not require an appraisal.