Saturday May 27, 2017

FHA 203k Mortgage Loan

The Energy Efficient Loan

Look to the 203k for a loan to add energy efficiency to your homeThe section 203k mortgage loan provides FHA mortgage insurance to homebuyers and homeowners looking for the opportunity to finance the purchase (or refinance) of a house and the cost of its rehabilitation through a single mortgage or to finance the rehabilitation of their existing home.

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FHA Section 203k features
  1. The Section 203k mortgage loan offers a borrower a single, long - term, fixed or adjustable interest rate loan that covers both the acquisition and rehabilitation of a property.

    Unlike conventional interim acquisition and improvement loans, which may have higher interest rates and short terms.

  2. The cost of the rehabilitation must be at least $5,000, but the total value of the property must still fall within the FHA mortgage limit for the area.

    The value of the property is determined by either property value before rehabilitation plus the cost of rehabilitation, or 110 percent of the appraised value of the property after rehabilitation, whichever is less.

  3. 203k lenders may charge these additional fees - supplemental origination fee, fees to cover the preparation of architectural documents, review of the rehabilitation plan and a higher appraisal fee.

  4. Section 203k borrowers do not have to pay the upfront mortgage premium.

Additional 203k loan information

203K Eligible Borrowers:

  1. Owner Occupants - Purchase - Refinance
  2. Investors NOT allowed
  3. Non - Profits

Types of 203K Loans:

  1. One year ARMS
  2. 30 or 15 year fixed rates
  3. These loans are assumable to qualified buyers, with no money down

Eligible Properties:

  1. Single family dwellings
  2. Townhouse
  3. Condominium
  4. Mixed Use (Storefront)
  5. 1-4 Unit buildings

Structural Alteration and Reconstruction:

  1. Changes for improved functions and modernization
  2. Major landscape work and site improvement
  3. Changes for aesthetic appeal
  4. Plumbing, heating air conditioning, and electrical upgrades
  5. Well and/or septic repairs
  6. Roofing, gutters and downspouts
  7. Elimination of health/safety hazards
  8. Flooring, tiling and carpeting
  9. Energy conservation improvements
  10. Access for the disabled

Home Inspection:

Construction cost are estimated by an FHA approved 203k mortgage loan consultant (estimator). The consultant assists you in determining the scope of repairs and the costs budgeted for the renovation job.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Other Eligible Costs:


  1. Up to 6 months PITI mortgage payments
  2. Consultant fees
  3. Permit costs
  4. Inspection and title update fees
  5. Contingency reserve (10%-20%)
  6. Architectural & Engineering fees (if needed)

7 Simple Steps to Buying a House Using FHA 203k Renovation Loan

  1. Once you find the right home submit a contract for purchase - making it contingent on a home inspection.
  2. After the contract is signed, schedule a home inspection with a 203k cost consultant to budget renovation cost.
  3. When the budget is approved, the 203k mortgage loan cost consultant will prepare the work write up for the appraiser and lender, and will prepare 3 contractor bids.
  4. You can now bid to general contractors, or multiple sub-contractors.
  5. Appraiser uses work write-up to value home as if all work is already completed.
  6. Loan closing estimate (30 to 45 days average).
  7. Within 30 days of closing you need to start a project with a general contractor

Going Green with the 203K FHA Loan

What other reasons do you need, cost of energy is upon us.  Today's world is changing at a dramatic pace.  Skyrocketing energy prices and a planet showing years of abuse have led many to consider the way they live and how to change their lifestyle.

The easiest way to reduce our energy consumption and to help preserve the planet for our children and grandchildren is to start at home.  The place where we spend the most time, where we consume the most energy and our biggest asset all in one.

Our homes are responsible for huge outlays of money and responsible for preserving and creating wealth for our families.

Now is the time to do your part, take advantage of the incredible tax and utility company credits, increase the value of your home and prepare yourself for energy price increases by financing your energy saving improvements with FHA 203K renovation financing.

Turn Key inspections will provide all phases of a 203k loan, termite, lead, mold testing, water, well certifications and many more FHA 203K renovation loans have been around for decades, but they have recently found a new use in helping people go green.

How do they work?  The process is simple really, one loan closing with money to purchase the property or to payoff current debt and an escrow account for repairs.

Loans $35,000 and above are facilitated with the aid of a HUD approved consultant designed to help administer contractor draws and insure repairs are done to FHA specifications.

Loans $35,000 and under don't require a consultant and repairs can be done by the borrowers chosen contractor or, in some cases, the borrower themselves.

FHA awards benefits in terms of higher allowable debt to income ratios along with loan amounts that can exceed FHA statutory limits.

So, how can you use the FHA 203K loan to go green?
  1. Green Up Your Appliances - FHA 203K mortgage loans will finance new free standing appliances for your home.  Why not use that opportunity to buy EPA recommended ENERGY STAR appliances? Imagine beautiful stainless appliances that save you a bundle in monthly energy costs.
  2. Save Water, Save Energy - You can finance brand new low flow toilets as well as tankless water heaters.  Low flow toilets use less than half the water that older models do and tankless waters provide unlimited hot water without all the wasted energy of a constantly working water heater.
  3. Want New Hardwoods? - Opt for sustainable bamboo flooring. Bamboo reproduces itself to maturity in 5 years as opposed to the 50-200 years than normal hardwoods take.  Make sure and opt for formaldehyde free glues.
  4. Environmentally Friendly Landscaping and Lawn - Making an eco-friendly outdoor area that saves water and provides shade, helping you reduce heating and cooling costs, is not as hard as you think.  How do we you do it? First of all choose local plants that require less water and less pruning.  Pruning creates waste and fills landfills, avoid it if possible.  Choosing local plants can help you conserve water and require less work.  If you have an irrigation system install a "smart" system that calibrates water needed based on local climates and plant needs.
  5. Solar Panels - Solar is one of the easiest ways to dramatically cut monthly energy bills.  Installing solar panels is so encouraged by HUD that they will allow you to exceed statutory loan limits to do so.  In many cases the Federal, State and Utility company tax credits will pay for a good portion of the purchase and installment of solar panels.  The rest can be financed.
  6. Better Insulation - The obvious choice for a green home, insulating your home better can help you save thousands on energy bills.
  7. Choosing Green Building Materials - A key aspect of any green FHA 203K mortgage loan renovation is the selection of environmentally friendly building materials.  To reduce transport pollution and energy costs go local first.  The second thing to look for is recyclable materials such as Glass, Terrazzo, Ceramic and Porcelain.

These are just a few of the myriad of green renovation choices you can finance with an FHA 203K renovation loan.

There are literally hundreds of other ways to green your home, save yourself hundreds in monthly energy costs, increase your resale value and do your part in preserving the planet.

The time is now to take action and do what you can.  You never know, you might just be able to dramatically cut your monthly energy bills, create a bundle in home equity and substantially improve the marketability of your home with a FHA 203k mortgage loan.


# FHA 203K Loans 2013-05-14 00:33
If you are a first time home buyer then using FHA 203k loan will help you with any upgrades necessary for making your new home custom to your needs. Great article.

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# Thomas Young 2013-05-26 03:54
From my experience with 203k loans, the best advice is to use a lender that offers [censored]istan ce via third party with 203k processing.
This shortens the closing time by weeks.

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