The Streamlined Federal Housing Administration 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage is a mortgage program designed to help borrowers purchase and rehabilitate a property.
For many, purchasing a fixer-upper property is appealing. Purchasing these properties allows homebuyers access to areas or neighborhoods outside their initial price range at a cheaper rate.
A rehabilitation mortgage is for properties that need minor cosmetic repairs. These loans typically involve refurbishing projects that can include a kitchen remodel, interior and exterior painting, window and door replacement, and more.
What is the Streamlined FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage?
The Streamlined FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage loan is designed for homes that can be remodeled, repaired, or updated for less than $35,000. This type of loan allows homebuyers to make minor repairs to the property without diving into personal savings.
An advantage of this type of mortgage is that homebuyers can combine the property and renovations into one loan. The loan allows homebuyers to purchase their dream home with available money to make the home liveable.
What Type of Repairs are Allowed?
While this type of loan does not allow any structural changes to the property, it is important to remember that cosmetic modifications can transform a house dramatically.
Improvements and repairs homebuyers can accomplish under the Streamlined 203(k) Mortgage include:
- HVAC, Electricals & Plumbing
- Roofs and gutters
- Accessibility improvements
The FHA does not cover luxury repairs and replacements such as hot tubs, swimming pools, and bathhouses under the Streamline Mortgage loan program.
How to Qualify for an FHA 203k?
The Streamlined FHA 203(K) Rehabilitation Mortgage is a type of FHA loan, so any prospective buyer who qualifies for the FHA loan will typically be eligible. Some of the qualifications include:
- A 3.5% down payment if the FICO score is 580 or higher.
- A 10% down payment if the FICO score is between 500 and 579.
- The property must be the homebuyers primary residence.
- Borrowers must qualify based on income, credit history, credit score, debt-to-income ratio, and other factors.
- A contractor must perform repairs and renovations.
For information about the Consultant Fees related to construction, see: What details should I know about Section 203(k) consultant fees?
The Streamlined FHA 203(K) Rehabilitation Mortgage is for homebuyers who purchase a property that needs minor cosmetic repairs. Although this type of loan does not cover any structural modifications or luxury editions to the property, cosmetic changes can dramatically transform a home.
This FHA program gives homebuyers an opportunity to purchase a fixer-upper property in their desired location, making improvements to the home without diving into personal savings.
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