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The 203k Loan Escrow Account Explained

As a first-time homebuyer, I was told an escrow account was set up for me. That’s about as far as my knowledge of escrow accounts went—I had one. So, before we start talking about what makes up a 203k Loan Escrow Account, let’s establish what an escrow account is and what it isn’t.

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How to Pick a 203k Lender

How to Pick a 203k Lender Is the FHA 203k Loan difficult? Only if you don’t know what you are doing. The 203k has a few more steps than the standard FHA loan but that shouldn’t scare you away because your lender should know the in’s and out’s. Mortgage banks exist to lend money so people can finance their homes, mortgage bankers or loan officers exist to walk you through the process and answer questions along the way. So, when it comes to selecting your FHA 203k Lender being guided by someone who has been through it will prove to be a huge benefit! Think about it by way of illustration; consider the difference between someone who had hiked the Appalachian Trail leading you on the trail versus someone who had read a couple books on the Appalachian Trail but had never been there before.  Which would you choose?

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203k Renovations: Overcome Housing Shortages with Refinances

Your dream home may be the first home you purchased but for many people this is not the case. For most families it isn’t until they have been homeowners for several years that they consider searching for their dream home. Searching for your dream home is one thing, while finding your dream home is another entirely, especially in this housing market. We have seen an extreme shortage of homes available to purchase. In fact, one of our mortgage bankers has 16 families who have prequalified for homes, they just cannot find one to purchase.

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What are 203k Contractors?

Are there contractor requirements for a 203k Loan? Truly the only requirement is that your contractor must be licensed and cannot be you. You see, the 203k does not allow for “do it yourself” style work. But don’t worry this is good news! By not allowing for DIY improvements, the projects are more likely to be completed within definite period by a professional remodeler. This offers protection for the mortgage lender and for you. At the end of the day, the you are wanting to make improvements to increase your home’s value and enjoy it more fully. If the improvement projects aren’t completed or don’t meet industry standards, it will likely lead to more headache and could even lower your home’s value.

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203k Loan: Mortgage Calculator

There are so many options out there for calculating your mortgage payment with plugging in just a few figures; the loan amount, interest rate, and the life of the loan. When it comes to mortgages from a renovation loan, like the FHA 203k Loan, the concept is the same but how we achieve the loan amount is a bit different. Typically, the loan amount is calculated by subtracting the down payment from the purchase price but when calculating the loan amount for a 203k Loan we must factor in the renovation costs. Below we’ve included an equation to provide a general calculation of a 203k loan amount, as well as, a list of average home renovation costs when considering estimations for your renovation budget.

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FHA vs. 203k Loan: What does the FHA have to do with Renovation Loans?

The short answer to the question, “What does the FHA have to do with Renovation Loans?” is, “everything”. If the Federal Housing Administration or FHA was a tree, the 203k Loan would be one of its branches. Simply put, the FHA is a mortgage insurer. The administration was created amidst the high number of foreclosures and defaults during the Great Depression. They served to encourage banks through incentives to give home loans to low-medium income families, first time homebuyers or those with a low credit score. The result was a stimulated economy and more American homeowners. Today we see the FHA loan products acting in the same way; many first-time homebuyers find themselves interested in the FHA loan because of the low down payment requirement as well as the reasons just mentioned.

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Renovation Loan Options: HELOC vs. 203k Loan

Many of today’s homeowners are familiar with the home equity line of credit (HELOC) which is offered by many banks as an option for financing home improvements. What some homeowners do not know is that there is a more efficient way to finance your home improvements; the FHA (Federal Housing Administration) and their 203k loan program.

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Want to Upgrade but Don’t Want to Move? Refinance with the 203k Loan

Many people we speak with are apprehensive to list their homes because houses are flying off the market and they are afraid they won’t be able to find something that they want to buy. So, if you find yourself ready to upgrade to a larger home or one with more amenities, consider upgrading your current home to include those features you are looking for, instead of buying a new house. This will save you the hours of house hunting, the frustration of packing, and allow you to increase the value of your current home.

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What is a 203k Rehab Loan?

Rehabilitation is defined as the action of restoring something that has been damaged to its former condition. It is fitting that the FHA (Federal Housing Administration) 203k Loan is also referred to as a 203k rehab loan because, as the name suggests, you are able, through your home financing, to restore a home to its former condition.

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