What is the FHA 203k Mortgage Loan Option?
Home buyers have quite a few choices when it comes to mortgage loan options. One of the most versatile and helpful on that list is the FHA 203k home improvement loan. No, this is not related to 401k retirement plans. It's a mortgage that allows the borrower to roll the cost of repairs, remodeling, renovations and other home improvements into one single mortgage. Let's take a closer look at this home buying option.
The FHA 203k is one of the most popular and diverse home improvement loans out there today. It's great for first time home buyers, upgrade buyers or even step-down buyers (if you're looking to downsize your empty nest for a retirement cottage). With this mortgage loan option, you can remodel the house you want or the home you already own with a refinance mortgage.
The possibilities are pretty wide. You can use the funds for simple upgrades to your home like a kitchen or bath improvement. Or if you need to, you could completely reconstruct a home that is currently unlivable. You can even use the FHA 203k to tear down an existing structure and build a new one. You just need to use some portion of the existing foundation.
You can borrow up to 96.5% of the appraised value - based on the value when the improvements or repairs are completed.
With the FHA 203k you can:
- Replace or repair a roof
- Re-side the home
- Re-paint the inside and outside of the house
- Replace old or missing appliances
- Put in new flooring
- Build or replace a deck/patio/porch
- Check out other FHA 203k projects
Watch the video below for a 60 mortgage tip on buying a fixer upper with the FHA 203k and what that means for home buyers.
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Most mortgage financing plans provide only permanent financing. In other words the lender won't close the loan unless the condition and value of the property provide adequate loan security. When rehabilitation is involved, this means that a lender typically requires the improvements to be finished before a long‐term mortgage is made.
When a home buyer wants to purchase a house in need of repair or modernization, they usually have to obtain financing first to purchase the property; additional financing to do the rehabilitation construction; and a permanent mortgage when the work is completed to pay off the interim loans. That's 3 different loans!
Often the interim financing (the acquisition and construction loans) involves relatively high interest rates and short amortization periods. The Section 203k program from FHA was designed to address this situation. The borrower can get just one mortgage loan at a long‐term fixed rate. This mortgage loan finances both the purchase and the rehabilitation of the property. To provide funds for the rehabilitation, the mortgage amount is based on the projected value of the property with the work completed, taking into account the cost of the work.
A lot of that above is official-speak from the real estate world. The bottom line is this: you can buy a house that needs work, pay for a profesisonal to do that work, and it's all rolled up into one mortgage, one payment.
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