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

What Does 203k Mean in Real Estate?

  • Thu, Dec 27, 2018
  • 5 min read

If you've heard the term 203(k), FHA 203k, 203k loan or 203k renovation mortgage, then you're one step ahead of most Americans. This special product offering from HUD for fixing up housing stock has been around since the late 1970s, yet many real estate agents know nothing about it, and the public is in the dark.    Even if you've heard of the 203k, you may not know much - if anything - about it. That's all okay. We're here to let you know what it means and how it can help home buyers (and even sellers!).

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FHA Loans: A Low Down Payment Home Buying Option

  • Thu, Dec 27, 2018
  • 3 min read

FHA loans are one option for home buyers in today's market. In fact it's often a popular route for first time home buyers. One main reason for the desire to go FHA is the low down payment requirement. Home buyers need 3.5% of the purchase price as cash-on-hand for the down payment. This means if you're buying an $80,000 house you'll need less than $3,000 for the down payment. 

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HomeStyle Renovation vs FHA 203K

  • Wed, Dec 26, 2018
  • 4 min read

How do the home improvement loans "HomeStyle Renovation" and "FHA 203k" compare side by side? If you're searching out this answer, then you're already familiar with the idea of renovation mortgages. The video below compares these two well-known options for financing a fixer-upper home purchase (or refinance). After the video we'll also take a look at some of the facts in a chart for you, so you're well-equipped to make the right decision for your home buying situation.   Download the Ultimate Guide to Renovation Loans here and learn more about all your renovation options.

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How Long Does it Take to Get Pre-Approved for an FHA 203k?

  • Wed, Dec 26, 2018
  • 3 min read

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?"

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What Does USDA Rural Development Mean to You?

  • Wed, Dec 26, 2018
  • 3 min read

If someone tells you that they bough their new house with a USDA Rural Development mortgage, do you picture them living on a farm down a dirt road with chores like milking cows at dawn? Does "rural" make you think of a sea of corn stalks with a house plopped in the middle of the field? 

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