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You can increase the living area in your home by adding a second story, or you can simply upgrade your kitchen, flooring or walls with a home improvement refinance through through the FHA 203k program.
In addition to offering regular purchase and home improvement loans, the FHA Streamlined Refinance is a program designed to speed up a simple rate and term refinance by requiring less documentation.
The renovation opportunities through FHA’s 203k refinance program may range from relatively minor (though exceeding $5000 in cost) to a reconstruction: a home that has been demolished or will be razed as part of rehabilitation is eligible, for example, provided that the existing foundation system remains in place.
Section 203k insured loans can finance the rehabilitation of the residential portion of a property that also has non-residential uses; they can also cover the conversion of a property of any size to a one- to four- unit structure. The types of improvements that borrowers may make using Section 203(k) financing include:
For all properties financed with a 203k loan, both the lender and FHA have repair requirements that must be addressed, in addition to the type and extent of work the borrower would like to complete. FHA requires that properties financed under the 203k program meet certain basic energy efficiency and structural standards to comply with HUD’s Minimum Property Standards and all local codes and ordinances.
FHA’s energy efficiency standards include correctly-sized heating and air conditioning systems, as well as the type and extent of caulking, insulation and ventilation. The home is also required to have smoke detectors adjacent to each sleeping area.
Homeowners, whose home is in need of home improvement may refinance with FHA’s may be eligible for refinance through the FHA 203k streamline or the standard FHA 203k refinance program as long as it is currently a FHA-approved mortgage. The typical 203k loans are for properties needing structural repairs, whereas the streamline is available for non-structural.
To qualify for these loans, the borrower is required to have intentions of living in the home in need of repairs. The following eligible properties are: