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Add a Garage to Your House with the FHA 203k Renovation Loan

Not All Garages are Created Equal

The FHA 203k is such a versatile renovation loan, it's sometimes hard to say what home improvements are eligible for financing because so many projects are covered. Even adding a garage onto your property can fall under FHA 203k financing in the right scenarios. Since this mortgage option is an FHA product, it must meet FHA health and safety standards. If the current garage is a safety problem, replacing it can be done with this type of financing. You also must have like-properties to comare your project to, ensuring that the improvements will add the right value within the neighborhood.

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Below are some examples of garage construction projects and whether they would likely be approved or not approved for an FHA 203k renovation loan. Again, as long as you have “like” comparables in the area that support such a garage style, these photos should tell the story. 

FHA-203k-garage-1-okay.jpgFHA-203k-garage-2-okay.jpg FHA-203k-garage-3-not-okay.jpg FHA-203k-garage-4-not-okay.jpg FHA-203k-garage-5-not-okay.jpg FHA-203k-garage-6-not-okay.jpgRemember, that outbuildings are not allowed to be part of a 203k renovation project. The garage must act as a garage and look like a garage. A regular 2 car garage is 20x22 (440 sq. ft. ) A 3-car is 30x22 (660 square feet) Those should act as your basis.

Download "Ultimate Guide to Renovation Loans" to learn all about this renovation loan and how you can use it to finance your dream house, whether you're already living there or you're buying it. 

 

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You found a house you love—hooray! But with lots of other buyers breathing down your neck, you feel like you need to act fast. To make your offer more attractive to the seller, you might be tempted to skip your home inspection, but here are five good reasons not to! 1.) Not all problems are obvious. It’s easy to spot issues like a crack in the sink or a broken light fixture. But do you know how to recognize foundation problems, termite infestations, outdated wiring, or sewer system problems? Trained home inspectors do and taking the time to have them go over the entire property before you sign the papers can prevent you from buying a headache instead of a home. BOTTOM LINE: The great thing about an inspection is that if you see major problems you’re unwilling to take on, you can change your mind and walk away. 2.) You may not be able to afford the repairs. If you’re like many new homeowners, you may not have much set aside to pay for needed repairs after saving up for your down payment and closing costs. While you may not mind waiting a bit to repaint or update appliances, waiting on problems like leaky roofs, broken plumbing, or infestations will only make them worse, and some issues, like broken furnaces, may need to be repaired right away. BOTTON LINE: You don’t want to go deep into debt to keep your home safe and comfortable. Instead, it’s worth negotiating with the seller to pay for repairs. If they refuse, you can simply walk away. 3. Some problems can make it harder to insure the home. Getting home insurance is essential because lenders need to see an insurance policy before you can close on your home—and of course, you’ll want to have your home protected in case anything goes wrong. However, some companies may decide that your home’s older electrical systems, plumbing, or building materials make it too risky to insure. BOTTON LINE: If essential updates are needed, the only choices are to ask the seller to pay for them, pay for them yourself if you can afford it, or walk away from the deal. 4. Serious issues can affect the resale value of the home. Your home is probably the biggest investment you will ever make. However, if it has major problems, instead of building your wealth, it could turn into a lousy investment that threatens your financial well-being. BOTTON LINE: While a home inspection typically costs a few hundred dollars, it’s an excellent investment in your peace of mind and financial health. 5. Some problems can threaten your family’s health or even your life. This sounds scary, but it’s no exaggeration. Issues like lead paint, black mold, radon (an odorless radioactive gas), or carbon monoxide leaks can cause serious and sometimes fatal health problems. BOTTON LINE: These issues are also easy to miss without a professional home inspection, and it’s simply not worth taking the risk. While it’s not easy to compete with other buyers who are bidding for the house you want, home inspections are one area where you don’t want to cut corners. To protect your physical, financial, and mental health, there’s no substitute for a professional home inspection.

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Let's Talk FHA Loans

  If apartment living is getting old, or you've outgrown your parents' basement and house rules, you may be thinking about buying your own place. For this reason, you may be interested in learning about home loans that offer low and no-down payment options and have flexible lending requirements. One of these is the FHA loan. Let's take a closer look. 

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