Refinancing With A FHA 203k Loan


Refinancing With A FHA 203k Loan

Refinancing With A FHA 203k Loan Explained

The entire mortgage industry went through a major overhaul after the 2008 Mortgage and Real Estate Meltdown when entire mortgage sectors such as sub-prime lending were totally eliminated from the mortgage industry. Mortgage loan programs such as no doc mortgage loans and stated income mortgage loan programs are no longer in existence. All mortgage loan programs now require income documentation. Construction loans and unsecured loans are almost next impossible to get. Prior to the 2008 mortgage and real estate meltdown, financing was easy and streamlined where most banks and lenders were eager to lend. However, after the 2008 Great Recession, lending got much tougher. A homeowner can no longer go to their local bank and get a $50,000 loan to remodel their kitchen or bathroom or for home improvements. Homeowners who need a second mortgage or home equity line of credit ( HELOC ) need equity in their homes and need stellar credit. Most banks will require at least a 700 credit score for them to entertain a second mortgage or home equity line of credit. To get a second mortgage, besides having a 700 FICO credit score, the homeowner would need substantial equity in their homes because the maximum CLTV that most banks will allow is between 85% CMLTV and 90% CLTV.

There is a positive easy solution for homeowners who need to rehab their homes and in need of serious construction money. Refinancing With A FHA 203k Loan is an option for a homeowner who needs to do major renovations to their homes to find the construction funds available to accomplish this project.

Refinancing With A FHA 203k Loan: How Does FHA 203k Loan Work

FHA 203 Loans are construction and acquisition loan program where a mortgage lender will fund the total construction loan amount to do renovations on a owner occupied one to four unit property and also fund the acquisition of the property. Refinancing with a FHA 203k Loan, the FHA 203k mortgage lender will pay off the existing mortgage loan of the homeowner and fund the construction loan all in one mortgage loan program. FHA 203k Loans are funded by FHA approved banks and FHA approved mortgage lenders and are insured by the Federal Housing Administration, or FHA, in the event the mortgage borrower defaults on their FHA Loan. FHA is not a mortgage lender. FHA is a government enterprise that it’s role is to insure FHA Loans that have been originated and funded by FHA approved mortgage lenders in the event of the homeowner defaults on their FHA Loans. Since FHA only allows a 3.5% down payment on a home purchase, chances are that the FHA Lender will lose money if the homeowner were to foreclose on their FHA Loan. The loss will be covered by the Federal Housing Administration.

There are two different types of FHA 203k Loans. The first type of FHA 203k Loan is the FHA Streamline 203k Loan where the maximum construction amount is capped at $35,000. You cannot do any structural changes or room additions with a FHA 203k Streamline Loan. However, you can do any other types of improvements such as basement remodeling, attic remodeling, new windows, new siding, new roofing, new kitchens, new bathroom, new HVAC systems, and new appliances. The second type of FHA 203k Loan is the full FHA 203k Loan where you can do everything that you can do with a FHA 203k Streamline Loan plus you can do structural changes, room additions, and any other types of repairs including a total gut rehab renovation and there is no maximum construction limit.

Refinancing With A FHA 203k Loan

Refinancing With A FHA 203k Loan can be done no matter what mortgage loan program you currently have. You can have a conventional loan, USDA Loan, VA Loan, or even a current FHA Loan and will be able to do a refinancing with a FHA 203k Loan. All FHA Guidelines  just as meeting the minimum credit score requirements, and debt to income ratio requirements. Most FHA 203k mortgage lenders will have FHA Lender Overlays on FHA 203k Loans. For example, most FHA 203k mortgage lenders will require a 640 credit score and will have a debt to income ratio cap of no greater than 43% DTI. Many mortgage lenders will want no collection accounts or charge off accounts on FHA 203k mortgage borrowers even though FHA does not require that you pay off outstanding collection accounts and charge off accounts. The good news is that I do not have any mortgage lender overlays on FHA Loans and have minimal overlays on FHA 203k Loans so if you are looking to get qualified for a FHA 203k Loan, feel free to contact me at 262-716-8151 or email me at gcho@gustancho.com. I am available 7 days a week to take your calls and answer any questions you may have.

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