38 CFR § 36.4276 - Advances and other charges.
(a) A holder may advance any reasonable amount necessary and proper for the maintenance or repair of the security, or for the payment of accrued taxes, special assessments or other charges which constitute prior liens, or premiums on fire or other hazard insurance against loss of or damage to such property and any such advance so made may be added to the guaranteed indebtedness. A holder may also advance the one-half of one percent funding fee due on a transfer under 38 U.S.C. 3714 when this is not paid at the time of transfer. All security instruments for loans to which 38 U.S.C. 3714 applies must include a clause authorizing an advance for this purpose if it is not paid at the time of transfer.
(b) In addition to advances allowable under paragraph (a) of this section, the holder may charge against the proceeds of the sale of the security; against gross amounts collected; or, in the computation of a claim under the guaranty, if lawfully authorized by the loan agreement and subject to § 36.4284, any of the following items actually paid:
(1) Any expense which is reasonably necessary for preservation of the security,
(2) Court costs in a foreclosure or other proper judicial proceeding involving the security,
(3) Other expenses reasonably necessary for collecting the debt, or repossession or liquidation of the security, including a reasonable sales commission to the dealer or sales broker for resale of the security,
(4) Reasonable trustee's fees or commissions paid incident to the sale of real property,
(5) Reasonable amount for legal services actually performed not to exceed 10 percent of the unpaid indebtedness as of the date of the first uncured default, or $850 whichever is less. In no event may the combined total of the amounts claimed for trustee's fees and legal services (paragraphs (b)(4) and (5) of this section) exceed $850.
(7) Reasonable and customary costs of property inspections,
(8) Any other expense or fee that is approved in advance by the Secretary.
(1) Property preservation or repair costs incurred prior to the date of the liquidation appraisal, to the extent that they contributed to the minimum selling price of the property as determined by the Secretary, and subject to the limitation that they do not exceed the actual cost incurred by the holder, and,
(ii) The cost of the liquidation appraisal;
(iii) A reasonable amount for legal services actually performed and trustee fees, not to exceed a total of $700;
(iv) Court costs in a foreclosure or other judicial proceeding involving the security;
(vi) Any other expense or fee that is approved in advance by the Secretary.