How Do FHA 203(k) Loans Work?
Published by Contour Mortgage on May 15 2017

How Do FHA 203(k) Loans Work?

Topics: Home Buyers, 203k Loan

FHA 203(k) loans are designed to help people fund home remodeling projects. These loans can either be used to fund upgrades to your existing home or to allow you to purchase and renovate a property. A wide range of people are able to take advantage of the FHA 203(k) loan programs to fund their home upgrade plans.

Different Types of FHA 203(k) Loans

There are two types of FHA 203(k) loans: limited and standard. Limited 203(k) loans are suitable for small remodeling projects, such as replacing your kitchen cabinets, repainting your home, or making repairs to the roof, floor, decks or gutters.

If you plan to do any structural work on your home, or your project will cost more than $35,000, you will need a standard 203(k) loan. This type of loan is a good option if you plan on buying a "fixer-upper" house and remodel it. You can use the loan to help you buy the home, as well as cover the cost of the work you plan to do.

Do You Qualify for a FHA 203(k) Loan?

The most important requirement for a FHA 203(k) loan is that you must live in the property you are renovating. You can't use this type of loan to buy and renovate a property so you can sell it on for a quick profit. You will also need to demonstrate that you can afford the loan, which could involve a credit check. You can't use the FHA 203(k) loan program to pay for luxury home upgrades, such as a swimming pool or tennis court, so if you plan on creating a luxurious dream residence, you're out of luck.

How to Apply for a FHA 203(k) Loan

To apply for a FHA 203(k) loan, you first need to select the property you're going to upgrade. This might be your own home, or it might be a property that you want to buy and live in. A 203(k) consultant will then visit the property and prepare a "work write-up" describing the remodeling work you plan to do. You'll also need to find a contractor who can do the work. The lender will then review your loan application and release the funds if it is approved.

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