DISTRESSED PROPERTIES – what do we do with them??? The answer = FHA203k.


Sabrina Linman gives a very thorough explanation of the FHA 203K program for renovation of a properties.  She explains that this program will finance both the purchase and renovation of a property.  Enjoy the read.  It’s worth reading.

Via Sabrina Linman (Cobalt Mortgage):

The FHA 203k program will finance both the purchase and renovation of a property. They can be used to make simple up-grades to a home, such as a kitchen or bath improvement, or to completely re-construct a home that is presently un-livable.

For example, let’s assume that you are purchasing a home for $500,000 and wish to invest an additional $50,000 to renovate it. Traditional loan programs will lend you the funds to purchase the home but will not advance additional funds to renovate it. This program will finance both the purchase and renovation of a property.

The FHA 203(k) loan allows the buyer to finance the cost of improving an existing 1-4 unit property into 1 loan at a long term fixed or adjustable rate.  The mortgage amount is based on the projected value of the property with the work completed (taking into account the cost of the work).  All this jargon basically means you can buy the property and fix it up with 1 loan.

The FHA 203(k) loan offers flexible qualifying and low down payments:

  • FHA down payment (3%)
  • Flexible credit qualifying (640 FICO and above)
  • Assumable loans 
  • Update existsing home or
  • Purchase and Improve all in one loan

Made available to certain lenders by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the FHA 203(k) program has already provided many buyers with the funds necessary to buy their first home, or greatly improve a move-up home. The FHA 203(k) loan is available to borrowers of all income levels, to homeowners who plan to occupy the house, and for homes with one to four units.

  • 203K Eligible Borrowers:
    • Owner Occupants – Purchase – Refinance
    • U.S citizens
    • Non-Occupant co-borrowers
    • Inter vivos revocable trusts
    • Permanent resident aliens
    • Non-permanent resident aliens
  • Eligible Properties:
    • Single family dwellings that have been completed for at least one year.
    • Condos
    • Townhomes
    • Mixed Use (Storefront)
    • 1-4 Unit attached  – you can increase or decrease the number of units with this loan.
  • Structural Alteration and Reconstruction:
    • Changes for improved functions and modernization
    • Elimination of health/safety hazards
    • Changes for aesthetic appeal
    • Plumbing, heating air conditioning, and electrical upgrades
    • Well and/or septic repairs
    • Roofing, gutters and downspouts
    • Flooring, tiling and carpeting
    • Energy conservation improvements
    • Major landscape work and site improvement

Home Inspection:
The cost of your construction is estimated by an FHA Approved 203(k) consultant (estimator). The cost consultant assists you in determining the scope of repairs and the costs budgeted for the renovation job.

  • Perform a home inspection to create preliminary costs estimates based upon FHA minimum property standards plus the scope of work as defined by the home owner/buyer.
  • Once project has been determined, the cost consultant prepares a “work-write up” and 3 contractor bid packages are issued to the home owner/buyer.
  • Appraisal:
    The appraiser will be given a copy of your “work-write up” to estimate an after improved value for your new home or current home. We loan against that improved value thus giving you credit for the work to be performed.
  • Other Eligible Costs:
    • Contingency reserve (10%-20%)
    • Up to 6 months PITI mortgage payments
    • Permit costs
    • Consultant fees
    • Inspection and title update fees
    • Architectural & Engineering fees (if needed)
  • 203(k)
    • The extent of the rehabilitation work required is determined through the 203K consultant and the contractor. The rough cost estimate of the work and the expected market value of the property after completion of the work.
    • Homebuyer prepares work write-up and cost estimate.
    • Plan reviewer visits the property
    • Appraiser performs the appraisal
    • Issuance of Conditional Commitment/Statement of Appraised Value
    • Lender issues firm commitment
    • Mortgage loan closing
    • Rehabilitation construction begins
    • Releases from rehabilitation escrow account
    • Completion of work/Final inspection
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After living in Walpole, MA for many years, our family was transferred to the west coast when I was a senior in high school. In 1983, I graduated from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California. I am also a 1987 graduate of Providence College with a major in liberal arts and a minor in business administration. I bring to the table many years of sales experience beginning with thirteen years in Corporate Sales at Delta Air Lines. I'm the mother of three children and I'm very active within the Franklin, MA community. I am also a cancer survivor and support the American Cancer Society Charities.

My husband and I have built five homes and I've lived in a variety of other locations including Toronto Canada, Irving Texas and my current home in Franklin, MA. As a result of all my moving around, I came to the conclusion that I was an expert at moving...why not become an expert on the other side of the table? I earned my real estate license in 2004 and believe that I have found my true niche'. I can empathize with my clients on a variety of levels; whether they are buying or selling. And, like so many other good realtors out there, I believe that possessing good communication skills is one of the many keys to success.

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