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When you're buying a house and you're ready to move, patience can be hard to come by. A week can seem like a month. It's even worse when you're waiting on someone else, and you're ready to get things done. A common question during the mortgage process is "How long?" This could be "How long does it take to get pre-approved?" Or a home buyer who wants to use an FHA 203k loan to do some upgrades or remodeling on the house they're buying might ask, "How long does it take to go from making an offer to closing?"
Fixer-upper homes are the norm in today's housing market. Whether it's home owners who quit maintaining their homes because values dropped, or bank-owned homes that have stood vacant for 12 months, home buyers today will come across all levels of houses in need of some TLC. But this doesn't mean you have to do all the work yourself or come up with a huge stash of cash to pay for the work up front. There's an option when it comes to home improvement loans that lets you borrow money on top of the value of the home, based on the after-improved value. It's called the FHA 203k. Download the FHA 203k Survival Guide here and learn more.
It's probably the most-used renovation loan in the housing market: FHA 203k. This mortgage loan option helps home buyers purchase and fix up a home with one mortgage, one interest rate, one payment. The caveat to this mortgage is that the house must be your actual home, not an investment home or a second home.