What’s An FHA 203(K) Home Loan?
An FHA 203(k) is a loan that can help you purchase or refinance a home that’s in need of repair or modernization. In addition to the cost of the home, the loan also covers the cost of qualified repairs. FHA 203(k) loans are offered by Federal Housing Administration (FHA) approved lenders. Loans are insured by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
What Are The Benefits?
Buying a house that needs rehabilitation can often be a complicated and costly process. Repairs can drain your savings or investments. Interim acquisition and improvement loans often have relatively high interest rates, short repayment terms and a balloon payment. An FHA 203(K) loan can save you time and money because it combines the purchase cost and the repair cost into a single fixed-rate or adjustable-rate mortgage.
An FHA 203(k) loan may allow you to consider a home that needs rehabilitation if you’re looking to purchase. With this type of loan, you may benefit from lower interest rates and costs associated with repairs and modernization as compared to financing repairs through other methods like home equity lines of credit, credit cards or personal loans. The interest you pay on your mortgage may be tax deductible, and repairs aren’t stretched out over months or years. You can customize the home to meet your needs. Improvements may also increase home value and resale marketability. However, more parties and steps are involved with FHA 203(k) loans, including appraisers, consultants, contractors, and inspectors. Additional costs may apply.
To Be Eligible
The property must have been completed for at least one year. Homes must be occupied by the owner. No second homes or investment properties. Transaction must be a purchase loan or refinance. Identity of interest (buying from a relative or business partner) is not permitted. Loans are subject to certain appraisal and construction requirements.
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