When we purchased our first multifamily home in Providence, RI in 2017, we decided to take advantage of a loan product called the FHA 203k loan. This type of loan helped us complete a couple of the major renovations needed on the house. Over the couple months of the mortgage application process and then for a time after closing, we learned the pros and cons of the FHA 203k. This article will give an overview of the FHA 203k loan program, pros and cons, tips and discuss whether or not I would recommend this type of loan to buyers.
by Christian Scully
What is an FHA 203k loan?
The FHA or Federal Housing Administration is a government agency that insures loans made through FHA-approved lenders throughout the US. FHA loans offer some great benefits. FHA loans are generally easier to qualify for, providing a great option with borrowers who are lower income, have higher debt to income (DTI) ratios and/or lower credit scores. For these borrowers, the interest rates are generally lower than conventional loan products. FHA loans also allow the borrower to make as little as a 3.5% down payment.
The FHA 203k loan is a type of FHA loan that also includes funds for renovations. The borrower closes on one mortgage, that includes enough to purchase the home and additional funds to cover any repairs or improvements needed. There are two types of 203k loan: the Limited and the Standard. The Limited 203k is the easiest way to go and can provide up to $35,000 in funds for any improvement that is non-structural. Anything beyond that and the borrower would need a Standard 203k loan. Let's look at some of the advantages of using a 203k loan.
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