Consider This Loan to Buy Your Fixer Upper| 203k Rehab Loan
I’ve been in the real estate business for over 20 years as a broker who specializes in listing foreclosure properties.
As you might guess, most of these types of properties are usually scooped up by investors who pay in cash. But there are also buyers who want to be owner-occupants but know they do not have the extra cash to be able to get the repairs done they would like to do.
In a nutshell, the qualifications for these loans are nice for first-time homebuyers because the credit score and down payment requirements are lower than for most conventional loans.
If you have a credit score higher than 580, you can finance up to 96.5% of the purchase and renovation.
Obviously, doing the quick math on this means you only have to do a 3.5% down payment. Now, if your credit score is in between 500 and 579, your down payment would have to be at least 10%.
There are two types of 203(k) loans, and I will touch on a few of the highlights of each:
The first is the Limited 203(k), loan, which allows up to $35,000 in financing for non-structural repairs and upgrades. The good news is there is no minimum amount you must borrow. The money can be used toward property repairs or to prepare the home for sale. The bad news is, as everyone knows with inflation these days, $35k will not allow you to be able to do a major renovation, unfortunately.
The second type of 203(k) is the Standard loan. A wider range of remodeling options is possible with this loan, including structural repairs. It does require a minimum loan of $5,000 for repairs and it also uses a 203(k) consultant who will work with the lender and borrower. There is no specific dollar limit on the loan, but the combined home purchase and renovation loan cannot exceed the FHA mortgage limit for your area.
If you are interested in a 203(k) loan, your first step will be to find a lender who offers one, which we can help you do. Keep in mind not every lender offers FHA loans, or, if it does, the lender might not provide the 203(k) option.
After finding your lender, your first step will be to review what needs to be renovated on the house and determine the size of the loan and scope of the project.
- The type of work that could be done with a 203(k) loan includes:
- Addressing health and safety issues
- Putting on a new roof, gutters, and downspouts, or adding to them
- Replacing floors
- Making structural changes or reconstructing parts of the house
- Allowing for better access for a person with a disability
- Improving energy conservation
- Landscape work
- as well as home modernization and appearance improvements
Once you have the scope of repairs in writing, the lender will hire an FHA-approved appraiser who will usually do an appraisal for the current value and a value after the repairs are done. Again, your lender will give you the specifics on this and answer any other questions regarding the loan process.
When the value is set, the money for the renovations is put in a custodial bank account in the borrower’s name and disbursements are made to the contractors as the work is done and inspected.
The 203(k) is a good idea in that it allows you to get the repairs done up front before or during your move-in and it removes the temptation of maybe using your credit cards and paying those sky-high interest charges.
If this is something that interests you and you would like to learn more, simply direct message me or text or call me at 270-883-2723.
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Bowling Green, Ky. 42103
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