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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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Home Improvements with the Biggest ROI

  • Thu, Sep 15, 2022
  • 3 min read

Adding value to your home can be a great thing. You don’t need to completely renovate your property to improve your return on investment (ROI). In many cases, smaller upgrades can increase the value of a home by thousands of dollars! Let's take a look at a few of the home improvements you can make to add instant equity to your home.

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3 Basic Differences Between a Standard and Limited FHA 203(k) Home Loan

  • Mon, May 4, 2020
  • 4 min read

You've found a home in a neighborhood where you've always wanted to live. And you can snatch it up at a good price. So what's stopping you?   Could it be the outdated appliances, dark brown exterior,  and wall-to-wall carpeting? It might not be your dream home just yet, but with an FHA 203(k) renovation loan, it could be. With this loan you can purchase the property and get the extra funds you need to remodel, repair, and renovate. It's unique because you can borrow the funds you'll need based on what your house is expected to be worth after the renovation is complete. 

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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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FHA 203k Projects: 7 Simple Fixes Uncovered

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 2 min read

The FHA 203k option for home buyers covers a long list of home improvements, repairs, renovations and rehab projects. But when I came across this house, I saw 7 right away. Take a look.  

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Foreclosed Home Renovations: Don't Bust Your Budget

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 3 min read

Home foreclosures are, unfortunately, happening in every part of the country due to the economy but this provides an excellent opportunity for many. Buying a home foreclosure can save you a great deal of money. A foreclosure can come to you in excellent condition or may be in need of repairs. If the home you are interested in "needs repairs," there are many things you can do to renovate and repair without busting your budget.

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