How to Rehab a Home
While most want to purchase a modern home that doesn’t need any work, others like a project. Thanks to HGTV and YouTube, rehabilitating or ‘rehabbing’ old and disheveled homes have become more popular – but a home rehab takes a lot of time and resources. As short sales and foreclosures start to hit the market due to COVID fallouts, rehab homes are going to be more common.
What is a Rehab Loan?
Financing a home requires plenty of paperwork as does taking out a contractor loan. If you plan to buy a fixer-upper that needs some serious care, you need the convenience of an FHA-backed rehab loan.
What is the FHA 203K Loan?
The Federal Housing Authority (FHA) wants to make rehabs and renovations easier on potential buyers that might not have the upfront resources of others with the FHA 203K Loan. The FHA 203K Loan allows homeowners to combine their mortgage and loans for renovation into a single mortgage payment with fewer overall costs. There are two main types of FHA 203K loans.
Purpose of an FHA 203K Loan
Not everyone has the resources to pay a contractor thousands of dollars upfront or can afford a steep repayment window, but homeownership is one of the biggest economic drivers in the country. The more people who own homes, the more prosperous the country is.
Benefits of an FHA 203K Rehab Loan
•Convenience – With an FHA 203K loan you won’t have to keep two accounts open or pay two different parties. Like it’s convenient to bundle your home and auto insurance together to make one payment, the convenience of a rehab loan is one of its largest selling points.
•Fewer Financial Requirements – Your lender will have their own requirements for loan qualification, but requirements are normally softer for a 203K renovation loan compared to traditional loans. You don’t need perfect credit or a large down payment to qualify for an FHA renovation loan.
•Better Overall Deal – A FHA rehab loan is normally less complicated and a better overall deal than a traditional contractors’ loan. FHA loans feature lower interest rates, larger repayment windows, and other features that save the borrower’s resources and energy.
•Automatic Insurance – The FHA insures all 203K rehab loans which makes you more likely to qualify for different mortgage loans.
What to Use an FHA Loan For?
FHA loans vary for a variety of projects from simple fixes to leveling the home down to its foundation for a total rebuild. According to HUD.gov borrowers use an FHA loan for many qualified renovations including:
•Retrofitting for greater ADA accessibly
•Replacing exterior components like roofing and gutters
•Structural alterations or repairs
•Replacement of interior components like air conditioning and plumbing
•Upgrading home components like insulation to energy-friendly options
FHA 203K Loan Requirements 2019
Not everyone can qualify for an FHA renovation loan. Though requirements are updated regularly and can vary, all 203K loans require:
•Finding a Property – HUD requires that you find a property that needs fixing before applying for an FHA loan.
•Finding a Lender – All homeowners applying for an FHA renovation loan must find their own qualified lender.
•Qualifying with the Lender – All homeowners must meet the qualifications for their individual lender. Your lender could require minimum credit scores, proof of income, proof of employment, and other financial footwork.
FHA Loan FAQ
Income Limits and Assistance
The cost of any rehab or renovation projects through a 203K loan must cost at least $5000 but the property’s value must still come in under the FHA mortgage limit. You can find a list of mortgage and cost limits and calculator per region on the HUD’s FHA mortgage limits page.
What Happens After FHA 203K Loan is Approved?
After the final disbursement, any remaining 203K funds are applied to the mortgage’s principal balance and are paid off per mortgage term agreements. In a limited loan, the contractor normally receives 50% of their repayment within 15 days of the loan closing. Consultant loans are followed up with by a consultant to decide on payment distribution.
Using a Real Estate Agent to Rehab a Home
A normal real estate transaction is filled with professional terminology and plenty of jargon, but a rehab loan can make startup paperwork more complicated. If you plan to apply for an FHA 203K Loan you need the help of a reputable real estate agent that has worked with rehab loans before. Denver’s own Storck Team is a fully licensed real estate agency with decades of experience including helping on FHA loans. Call a Storck agent today for the full scope of FHA loans.
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Not everyone has deep pockets to secure a mortgage on top of a high-interest contractors’ loan, but the FHA 203K loan can help many achieve their homeownership and renovation needs. If you think an FHA 203K is right for you, head to HUD.gov for more information or call an experienced member of the Storck Team. Before you know it, you’ll be living in a beautiful home that you’ve made your own.