The Streamline 203k can help the house you want pass the HUD inspection required for FHA loans. The following list is a general idea of HUD requirements a home inspection may uncover. While each item may seem fairly small, adding them up will tally up quite a bill. Paying for them by financing the purchase with an FHA 203k Streamline will help spread the cost of it all over the life of the mortgage loan.
- Peeling or chipping paint
- Any signs of mold or mildew
- All windows must open freely and close completely
- Handrails must be installed if there are more than 3 steps
- There should be at least 2 years left in the life of the roof
- Missing fixtures in bathrooms or kitchen
- Exposed wiring
- Dampness or water in the basement
- Missing built-in appliances
With the FHA 203k, you have 2 choices. You can utilize the Full 203k or the 203k Streamline. A Full 203k covers projects which total more than $35,000 or structural repairs. It also requires a HUD consultant. The Streamline 203k doesn't require a consultant (although working with an experienced professional is generally a good move) and it does not cover structural repairs. The full list (though not all-inclusive) for 203k Streamline FHA Minimum Repairs can be found online. Feel free to print that off and use it to decide whether the house you're looking at is a good candidate for the FHA 203k.
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