June is the perfect time to spruce up your home’s curb appeal. The improved weather enables you to work outside, and there is still plenty of time left in the summer to enjoy your outdoor space once your project is complete. Whether you are undertaking a home renovation project or purchasing a house that needs a bit of TLC, there are loan program options available to you.
A remodeling project may involve many choices, but you have only five basic ways to pay for it: cash, credit cards, personal loans, home equity loans, or cash-out refinancing. Many loan options fall into the last category of cash-out refinancing, but most require the value of your home to far exceed the amount of the loan. If you simply don’t have the equity the FHA 203k may be the solution.
The 203k program has been the primary tool of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) for providing insured mortgages for the purchase or refinance of single family properties (one to four units) in need of minor rehabilitations. With the 203k program, you obtain one loan for the purchase (or refinance of an existing debt) and the amount necessary to complete the required repairs. There are two types of FHA 203k loans: Streamline (for non-structural repairs/renovations) and regular (for structural repairs/renovations). A 203k loan could potentially provide the funding you need to repair or purchase new appliances, exterior deck or patio, new siding, basement or attic finishing, new or existing plumbing, new roofing or flooring, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, and disability access additions.
Homestyle® Renovation loans combine home purchase or refinancing with home improvement financing into one loan, which results in one loan closing. Renovations under Homestyle® must add value to the property and be permanently attached to the home. This can include renovations, repairs, or improvements totaling up to 50% of the as-completed value of property with your first mortgage. The loan amount for Homestyle® is based on the value after repairs, rather than the present value. There is no minimum renovation amount, and there are fixed and adjustable rate options available. The types of properties eligible for Homestyle® include 1-4 unit owner occupied, second homes, investment properties, and log homes. For those who consider themselves DIYers, this program could allow you to do renovations yourself based on the property type and other stipulations. Note that it does include extra fees and inspection requirements specified by a lender.