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Explore our blog for insights on buying, financing, remodeling, and taking care of your home.

Why a Home Renovation Loan Could be a Smart Move Right Now

  • Wed, Sep 28, 2022
  • 7 min read

Is there a gap between the home you want and the home you can afford? If so, you might consider buying a home that needs some love with a renovation loan. These loans allow you to buy a home and get the funds you need to cover the costs of repairs, remodeling or renovations to the property - all with one loan. 

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What's the HomeStyle Renovation Loan?

  • Fri, Apr 12, 2019
  • 5 min read

Have you found a neighborhood where you'd like to live but the only house for sale is a fixer-upper? Unsure what to do? You could: 

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HomeStyle Renovation or FHA 203(k) - which home loan is right for you?

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 5 min read

Buying a home that needs some love can be overwhelming. It can also be a smart investment. If you're thinking about buying a fixer-upper, you already know that it's going to take a little elbow grease to make it livable. You probably also know that these types of homes can often be snatched up at bargain prices and in neighborhoods where you want to live. And once it's yours, you can paint, remodel and refresh the property to make it your own. Gourmet kitchen, movie room, home office, party deck  - the possibilities are endless. 

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Home Improvement Financing or DIY: What Works Best

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 5 min read

You might think that a mortgage company is going to push a home loan for every little home improvement project you may want to do. But here's the thing about doing that: not everyone needs to finance home improvements. It's a shocking truth some lenders don't want you to know. But it's the truth. Not everyone needs to borrow money for home improvement financing, just like not everyone should buy a house.   Sometimes renting is better for some folks, just like some folks can perform do-it-yourself upgrades with no financing.

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Unfinished Basement? No Garage? FHA 203k Renovation Loan to the Rescue!

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 3 min read

As a home buyer sometimes you’ll find a house that’s missing a key component that every other house in the neighborhood has in this case a garage, but it doesn’t have to make you overlook this house in fact it can actually help you take this house and turn it into a home with a renovation mortgage.

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Can the FHA 203k Pay for a New Driveway?

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 3 min read

A home buyer called me the other day to ask a great question about buying a foreclosed home and taking care of some of the work on it. Have you seen these vacant houses? Some of them need a lot of love. This house in particular had a driveway issue that was affecting the foundation of the house. Of course I immediately thought of the Full FHA 203k. This home improvement loan must be used when the work involves the structure of the house. The caller asked if the 203k would pay for a new driveway. Since I didn't have the answer at the top of my mind, I leaned on our expert.

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7 Improvements that Make a House an FHA 203k Candidate

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 6 min read

I'm here to announce my candidacy for president in 2012. No wait...this is an article about FHA 203k candidates. Never mind.

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