Tuesday, June 8, 2010

FHA203K Rehab Loans

An FHA loan can provide a great deal of help to many families, but not everyone knows exactly what is and who it helps. To start, “FHA” stands for Federal Housing Association. This is the organization that administers the loan, and it is also a part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD.) Since the FHA doesn’t provide the loan directly, the borrower must contact a financial lending institution to receive the loan.

What is Required?

The FHA does, however, investigate the applicant and insures the lending institution against loss of principal, just in case the borrow does meet all the guidelines of terms of the mortgage. The borrower, who pays an insurance premium of one half of one percent on declining balances for the lender's protection, receives two benefits:

1. A careful appraisal by an FHA inspector.

2. A lower interest rate on the mortgage than the lender might have offered without the protection.

This federal assistance mortgage loan, secured by real property through the use of a mortgage note, can only be issued by federally qualified lenders. Other deciding elements of the application process include getting the house appraised and approval of the buyer’s credit.

The main mission of this kind of loan is to provide lower-income families with the resources to buy a home that they would otherwise not be able to purchase. The program started around the time of the Great Depression when foreclosures and defaults were on the rise. Nowadays, it strives to provide the same kind of assistance.


You may be asking, “How does this program survive and where does it get its money?” Well, upon its entrance into the home-buying market, the loan was intended to provide lenders with enough insurance to make a profit. Today, it is fairly self-supporting thanks to the premiums that are paid to the lenders by borrowers.

While this loan program helps families in need maintain a home they would otherwise lose, it is more centrally focused on rehabilitation. The FHA 203(k) program could be categorized as a “home improvement” loan system. One of HUD’s main values is to open provide greater opportunity for homeowners to capitalize on their property, and this mission is carried out through the 203(k) program as well.

Lenders Won't Short You

Some lenders have been known to partner with nonprofit organization to assist with the revitalization of many homes, incorporating other housing assist services to give the borrower as many useful resources as possible.

Through their generous participation, lenders further their dedication to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which was created in 1977 under the Housing and Community Development Act. The CRA is a federal law that encourages banks and other saving services to target and assist different segments of their respective communities with housing, especially lower income families.

What are All Its Uses?

The program isn’t always used directly by the lender. It can also provide money to rehabilitate property in three different ways:

- The loan can be used to purchase a dwelling on the land on which it resides, then restoring and reviving the property.

- The loan can be used to refinance current debt and refurbish a home (like most borrowers would use it for.)

- The loan can be used to buy a dwelling on a separate site and then move it to the land that has been mortgaged, then they can proceed to rehabilitate it in its new location.

No matter how you ended up with existing debt or a run-down home that you were unable to afford repairs for, the FHA 203(k) loan rehabilitation plan may be your light at the end of the tunnel. Lenders a generally rather generous and it can make an enormous impact in the life of you and your family.

For further comments of question, please feel free to contact me anytime by email, which is peg@maloney.com, or by phone at 402.598.3965.


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