FHA 203k Rehab Loan Mortgage Guidelines And Being Over Budget


This BLOG On FHA 203k Rehab Loan Mortgage Guidelines And Being Over Budget Was PUBLISHED On June 17th, 2020

What are the FHA guidelines for a mortgage for 203k rehabilitation and over budgeting?

HUD’s 203k Renovation Mortgages are FHA Loans. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD, is the parent of the Federal Housing Administration, commonly referred to as FHA.

  • HUD has numerous mortgage regulations in place to prevent homeowners go over budget on 203k Loans
  • There are strict guidelines to keep construction numbers lined up on 203k Mortgages
  • There are five people that are directly responsible for the makeup of FHA 203k Rehab Loan construction budget

In this article, we will discuss and cover FHA 203k Rehab Loan Mortgage Guidelines And Being Over Budget.

Key People Responsible For FHA 203k Rehab Loan Makeup

The five key people that are responsible for the makeup of FHA 203k Rehab Loan are the following:

  • Borrowers
  • General Contractor
  • HUD Consultant
  • The Appraiser
  • Loan Officer

Each plays a part in arriving at the final construction budget.

The FHA 203k Rehab Loan Borrower

The borrower’s important role is to find a general contractor.

  • Get him or her in the property
  • Let him know what needs to be done to the property
  • Room additions, moving walls, kitchens, baths, new roof, landscaping, what finishes homeowners like, etc.
  • Go over everything in detail
  • Don’t let the contractor tell homeowner he’s going to throw something in for free

It will cause problems down the road.

The FHA 203k Rehab Loan General Contractor

The general contractor’s job is to meet with the client at the property and produce a contractor bid that illustrates all the work to be done and what each line item will cost, material, and labor.

  • FHA 203K is different from most construction loans in that most will allow a 10-20% contractor fee for the contractor’s profit
  • HUD requires the profit be derived by adding that 10-20% to each line item
  • This is done so no contractor fee is added to the bid

If the material and labor fees look inflated they probably are.

The FHA 203k Rehab Loan HUD Consultant

How much you need a HUD consultant for rehabilitation loans FHA 203k

The HUD Consultant is an FHA approved construction expert.

  • His or her word is final and their consultant report is what’s used to underwrite the loan
  • When he or she comes out to the property, the borrower and the contractor should be present the entire time
  • The contractor can, at that point present the consultant his completed bid
  • The consultant will walk the property and see if there are any HUD required health and safety repairs that need to be completed over and above what’s on the contractor bid

The final report must be at or below the budget the loan officer gave borrowers.

The Role Of The Home Appraiser

The appraiser is given the purchase contract and the completed executed report (by buyer, contractor, and Consultant).

  • His job is to find comparable properties to the subject in newly rehabbed or excellent condition

If the appraisal comes in below our combined purchase plus rehab, we have to revisit the rehab budget, or even renegotiate the purchase price.

The Role Of The Mortgage Loan Originator

The loan officer is the person orchestrating all this.

  • The mortgage loan originator role is from qualifying the borrower to educating the borrower, to gathering all the documents from the borrower, and submitting it to processing and eventually to underwriting

Over Budget With FHA 203k Rehab Loan Programs

Now that we have the chess pieces on the board, let’s look at our original question.

  • With all these fail-safes in place, how can we possibly go over budget
  • The most common way to end up over budget is when a contractor, that really wants the work, starts throwing things in for free
  • The buyer may not remember anything else about the process, but they’ll remember the free stuff and try to hold the contractor to it
  • The contractor can’t possibly deliver and make a profit
  • So the contractor will finish all the big-ticket items, get paid and walk off never to be heard from again
  • Now you have to get a new contractor to finish the project with little money left in the construction account

This is a difficult process and usually, the buyer has to go out of pocket to get a new contractor to accept the job.

Issues With Change Of Construction Bids

What could be the problems with changing construction offers?

Another way the project can go over budget is when a loan officer gets all the data back.

  • He or she have put a lot of time and effort into this project and want to save it
  • So they make the decision to get involved in the construction side, trying to get the contractor and the consultant to reduce the funds for rehab without removing any of the work to be done
  • The client will agree
  • This is because they don’t know any better

The contractor will agree because he or she really needs the work and figure they can bring in the B team and still make money.

HUD Consultant

A good consultant will stop it dead right then and there:

  • A not so good consultant will try to help the loan officer close their deal in order to get more of their business
  • The best thing for the loan officer to do at this point if the numbers don’t work is to recommend to their client to either renegotiate the purchase price or punt on this project and move on to another
  • If this doesn’t happen, you’re looking at a disaster down the road
  • Too much work, too little money
  • Contractor walks and your project is deader-n-disco unless you go into your pocket to finish the project

There are other ways to bust your budget but these are the main culprits. It’s always better to have too much in your construction escrow than not enough. Whatever is left after construction is complete goes back on the mortgage to lower your principal balance. You don’t lose it.

Homebuyers of fixer-uppers who need to qualify for FHA 203k Rehab Loans with a direct lender with no overlays, please contact us at Gustan Cho Associates Mortgage Group at 262-716-8151 or text us for faster response. Or email us at gcho@gustancho.com. We are nationally known for its no overlays on government and conforming loans, especially FHA 203k Rehab Loans.

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