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Friday, May 20, 2011

Financing Foreclosed Homes

 A "not so beautiful day in the neighborhood" for some homeowners today. Living next door to a boarded up home after foreclosure is not anyone's choice. Even with the price being way below market value (also not a blessing for the neighbors) the problem generally lies in being able to finance a severely distressed property. There is an answer that a lot of folks are over-looking in today's market. That is the old 203K loan. Still viable, available and a real good way to purchase that "fixer property" and have enough money to make it habitable.

Foreclosure properties, especially those with the water and power turned off, may not qualify for standard financing, but may qualify for a federally insured 203(k)loan. Buyers who are going to "owner occupy" the property and do not have enough money to purchase a foreclosure home using cash, may qualify for the federally insured 203(k) loan, which allows borrowers to roll projected rehab costs into the loan.

Since most foreclosure properties are sold "as is" and, oftentimes, heating, plumbing, and/or electric are problematic or inoperable, it's unlikely a conventional lender will lend money on the home. With a 203(k) loan, buyers generally employ an independent consultant hired by the Federal Housing Administration to review contractor cost estimates and architectural plans for things like whether the work will bring the property up to minimum standards, while not going overboard on improvements.

Buyers should be aware that not all foreclosure properties will be eligible. For instance, a partially built house that has never had a certificate of occupancy will require a construction loan of the kind that a commercial developer would use. We're also seeing more and more "unfinished remodeling job" homes today where the seller ran out of money and the building systems and/or structural definitions are lacking or insufficient. Those would require construction loans as well.

The interest rate on a 203(k) loan is approximately a quarter of a percentage point higher than on a standard FHA-insured loan, and a buyer also can expect to pay 1 or 2 points. Also, as with other FHA-backed loans, down payments may be as low as 3.5 percent, and loan limits apply. Currently, most FHA loans are capped at $729,750.

My friends at PACIFIC FIRST FINANCIAL will give you all the information necessary to investigate the 203K loan for your purchase. They also work with the CHF Platinum Program which is a Homebuyers Assistance Program featuring low interest rates and down payment along with closing cost assistance with Grants that do not have to be repaid. Call Sheila for the latest info at 310-214-9299.

Tote your toolbelt over to my office and I'll give you list of great opportunities in your neighborhood! We're always ready to work for you here at Team South Bay Realty, Your Realtors For Life!

Call 310-534-3940 or email: Charlie

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