Role Of FHA 203K Consultant

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The role of FHA 203k Consultant is to help borrowers who have a Standard FHA 203k Loan with the major improvements that will be made on their home renovations. The key role of FHA 203k Consultant is do a full inspection of the subject home and check especially for any safety and health related problems and/or issues that is part of the rehab project. The FHA 203k Consultant is also called the HUD consultant. HUD Consultants are experts and a professional that has experience and knowledge on all aspects of home improvements and is familiar with the FHA 203k mortgage loan program and is on the HUD Approved list of general contractors. Here is the role of FHA 203k Consultant:

  • The role of FHA 203k Consultant is to perform a Feasibility Study on scope of work
  • The HUD Consultant will also be required to perform a Property Inspection Report on the subject property
  • You will be consulting with the HUD Consultant on the scope of work to be performed
  • The HUD Consultant will do a Work Write-up and be responsible of either doing the architectural sketch or subcontracting such work
  • HUD Consultants will be responsible for inspecting the job prior to contractor’s draws, deny a draw request until further work is done, and also be responsible for doing a final inspection before a final contractor’s draw. The HUD Consultant will also be responsible for making sure that the contractor and sub contractors submit lien waivers so all materials and labor are paid so there are no mechanics liens on the property
  • The HUD Consultant is the quarterback between the homeowner, the general contractors, and the FHA 203k Lender
  • The HUD Consultant is responsible for the work to be done correctly, timely, and professionally
  • The role of FHA 203k Consultant is to make sure that the construction funds are properly spend on the project and to protect your interests and the interests of you FHA 203k Lender

Streamlined FHA 203k Loans

Streamlined FHA 203k Loans are acquisition and construction FHA Loans that require minor repairs. The maximum construction budget for Streamlined FHA 203k Loans is $35,000. Home buyers buying foreclosed homes are perfect candidates for FHA 203k Loans because many foreclosures need minor cosmetic repairs. You cannot do structural repairs or room additions with Streamlined FHA 203k Loans. In the event if you need to do structural work and/or room addition and the work is under $35,000, you cannot go with a Streamlined FHA 203k Loan because of the structural and/or room addition work and need to go with the Standard FHA 203k Loan program.

Standard FHA 203k Loans

Standard FHA 203k Loans are also known as FULL FHA 203K LOANS. Home buyers with a Standard FHA 203k Loan can do a full blown rehab which includes the following:

  • Any work that can be done with a Streamlined FHA 203k Loan can be done with the full Standard FHA 203k Loan
  • There is no construction budget. You can go as high as you want as long as it appraises on the after repaired value and you do not go beyond the maximum FHA Loan Limits
  • You can do structural changes and do second story additions and side room additions
  • You can do a complete gut and rehab
  • You can have the home of your dreams and customize it your way
  • Basically, you can have a custom home built to your needs and choice of layout, decor, millwork, siding, flooring, windows, roofing, and appliances

How Does FHA 203k Loans Work?

FHA 203k Loans are acquisition and construction loans all wrapped in one loan program. Again there are two types of FHA 203k Loan Programs.

Contingency Reserve On FHA 203k Loans

FHA 203k Loans require Contingency Reserve Funds where it is set aside in the event something goes wrong with the rehab of the home. Here is how the Contingency Reserve on FHA 203k Loans work:

  • 10% to 20% of the construction budget amount is set aside as Contingency Reserve Funds
  • The amount of Contingency Reserve Funds depends on the condition and age of the home. The age of the property or the extent of the rehab project is taken into consideration
  • If the property is older than 30 years old, at least 10% Contingency Reserve Funds is set aside
  • If the utilities on the subject property is shut off, then 15% Contingency Reserve Funds is set aside
  • If there is savings from a change order on a particular task will be sweeped into Contingency Reserve Funds
  • Contingency Reserve Funds can be used for extra work or change orders at the end of the FHA 203k Rehab Project

The Role Of FHA 203k Consultant And What Is The Feasibility Study

The feasibility study is an overall estimation of the rehab project that needs to be performed and the estimated cost of the project.  The FHA 203k Consultant charges $100.00 for this feasibility study which this cost can be financed. Feasibility studies is not for all FHA 203k Loans. It may or may not be required depending on the project.

Here are the costs and duties of a HUD Consultant:

  • The HUD Consultant needs to be approved by HUD. The HUD Consultant fees are normally $400 to $1,000. The costs depends on the costs of the repairs to the property.
  • The HUD Consultant will also charge an inspection fees. There are a maximum of 5 draws allowed on Standard FHA 203k Loans. The HUD Consultant needs to sign off on all contractor draw requests before the contractor and go and collect their draw request from the title company. The HUD Consultant can also charge a mileage fee

How Are Contractors Compensated On FHA 203k Loans?

FHA 203k Contractors who perform Standard FHA 203k Loans are paid as follows:

  • Contractors who perform Standard FHA 203k Loans are not paid upfront money like Streamlined FHA 203k Loan Contractors
  • Standard FHA 203k Rehab Contractors are paid their first check by requesting their first draw after the initial scope of work has been completed within the timeline scheduled and project completed
  • Standard FHA 203k Rehab Contractors are allowed up to a maximum of 5 draws
  • The role of FHA 203k Consultant is to section the draw of the general contractor in five stages. Each draw will be signed off by the HUD Consultant after the particular scope of work has been completed with the fifth and final draw being signed off when the whole project is completed.
  • For each draw a general contractor gets paid, a 10% Contingency Reserve will be deducted. This Contingency Reserve hold back is to make sure that nothing goes wrong or that there is no cost overruns with no last minute surprises and that the project is completed with the construction budget

If you have any questions on either the Streamlined FHA 203k or Standard FHA 203k Loan Program, please contact Gustan Cho at 262-716-8151 or email us at gcho@gustancho.com . We are available 7 days a week, evenings, weekends, and holidays.

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