An FHA 203k rehab loan also referred to as a renovation loan, allows eligible homeowners the ability to finance the cost of home improvements that need to be performed on their single-family homes. Homeowners can gain access to a large amount of funding for repair and renovation in one transaction instead of acquiring the duplicate costs of taking out more than one loan. By allowing the buyer to finance the cost of improvements into the purchase or refinance of a home, rehab loans take the financial guesswork and frustration out of renovating a home.
An FHA 203k Rehab Loan Acts as a One-Time Construction Loan
The process of an FHA 203k loan is much like that of regular home buying – but with some modifications. Once approved, the homeowner needs to line up contractors and start receiving bids, and then choose which repairs or improvements the buyer wants to take care of.
Once the project list is together, it’s time to find contractors. Contractors must be licensed and insured, and for the most part, be a full-time business. After deciding on a contractor, ask for the official bids. The bids must be accurate, as we will submit all final bids to the appraiser. The appraiser then builds the cost of the work into the future value of the home, upon which the loan is based. It is very important to work with reputable contractors who don’t underbid and who are familiar with the 203k process.
When everything has been submitted to us, we will get the final approval and close on the loan. The funds for the home improvements are placed in an escrow account and paid out to contractors as the work is completed.
The renovation project must be completed within six months.
Eligibility Requirements for an FHA 203k Loan
If you haven’t owned a home in the past three years, you will be considered a first-time homebuyer, and have a multitude of loan options made available to you – including the FHA 203k rehab loan program. While 203k loan programs are a great financing option for first-time homebuyers, they are not limited to those who have never owned a home. As long as you live in, or plan on living in, the home in question and meet all other FHA 203k requirements, you’re eligible for the 203k loan program – regardless of your home owning history.
Home price $200,000
Total project cost: $25,000
Down payment: $7,875 (3.5% of $225,000)