FHA 203K

What is an FHA 203K Loan?

Basically, it’s an FHA loan to purchase or refinance your home with additional funds for your home improvements. FHA which stands for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is a mortgage insurance and is part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD or FHA do not make direct loans to consumers (homebuyers or homeowners) but FHA does insure loans that are funded by approved FHA lenders. FHA insures different types of home loans which one of them is the 203k that is used to rehab properties. The more popular version though is the FHA 203b which does not include funds for rehabilitation.

The Process of the 203k Loan

Find the home you’ll want to purchase and determine what improvements need to be made to the property. The purchase contract offer is written the same as any other, accept you’ll want to make sure that there is language stating the purchase is contingent upon borrower acquiring an FHA 203k Loan.

In order to complete the financing of the improvements, you will need to meet with a contractor to determine what kind of work you are planning and how much it will cost. The contractor will give you a bid, which you’ll need to pass on to the lender. The lender will order an appraisal to determine what the value of the house will be once all of this work is completed. Keep in mind, you’ll also need to be qualified for the full loan amount which is based on the purchase price plus the additional cost of repairs. Once the loan is approved, you will go to closing like you normally would. The amount that will be needed to do all of these repairs or improvements will be placed into an escrow account held by the lender. As the work is being completed, there will be draws from the account to pay the contractor.

FHA & HUD $100 Down Mortgage Program

Many buyers are not aware that FHA & HUD have a special $100 down mortgage program, mainly because this is a specialty program. In fact very few lenders and banks specialize in and offer the HUD 100 down program.

The property must be a HUD owned home. Basically a HUD home is a home that was foreclosed on and had a FHA-insured mortgage. HUD pays off the losses of the lender and takes the home back to sell and recoup their losses. It is then offered for sale at market value, based on a recent AS-IS appraisal, meaning, and the market value in its current condition. If you find a HUD home you like, a HUD registered realtor is needed to help set up a showing and to make a bid. Also, the buyer will still need to pay earnest money(deposit) for the home as well.

The benefits of the HUD $100 down home loan.

  • Only $100 down payment is required to purchase one of these homes (some closing cost may still apply.)
  • Offers the Lowest Down Payment requirement (very close to 100% financing.)
  • Generally easier to qualify for than conventional loans.
  • Generally offers lower interest rates than conventional loans.
  • Total loan amount cannot exceed FHA maximum county loan limits.

 

Wright Mortgage works with numerous FHA lenders that offer these $100 Down HUD REO

HUD REO 100 Down Mortgage

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) offer a program called the $100 Down Payment Incentive that’s designed to help the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) get rid of unsold HUD homes.

In other words, no matter how much the house costs, you only have to put down $100, whether you’re a buyer or an investor.

Of course, that isn’t the sum total of the cash you’ll need. There are closing costs, although FHA will kick in as much as 3 percent of the sales price toward those closing costs. Plus, it will finance the transaction for those who plan to live in the house as a primary residence.

So, what is the catch to the HUD REO 100 Down Mortgage?  The only catch is the property must be a HUD owned home.  Basically, a HUD home is a home that was foreclosed on and had an FHA-insured mortgage.  HUD pays off the losses of the bank or lender and takes the home back to sell,  thus recouping their losses.  It is then offered for sale at market value, based on a recent AS-IS appraisal, meaning, and the market value in its current condition. If you find a HUD home you like, a HUD registered realtor is needed to help set up a showing and to make a bid.  HUD homes are listed for sale by management companies under contract by HUD.

TBD Approvals

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Wright Mortgage offers an innovative new loan program to homebuyers – before they find their home!

We can complete the loan process – actually approving your buyer – without an identified property.

With TBD Approvals, buyers have the confidence that they have already been approved for their mortgage which means their buying power is improved:

  • Sellers know the loan process has been completed so there is no worry that the sale won’t close.
  • Buyers can negotiate a good purchase price because they know they can close quicker than with a traditional loan process and they can offer the seller an assured closing

 

How does it work?

  • The buyer completes a mortgage loan application with Wright Mortgage, providing us with all of the information needed for a mortgage loan – except for the address!
  • We process the loan and, upon approval, we’re ready to close once the property is identified.

 

Who is eligible for this program?

  • Those mortgage loan borrowers who have challenged credit or very high debt to income ratios.
  • Your clients are available for both FHA insured mortgage loans and Conventional mortgage loans, people who have excellent credit or people who is below 640 credit score and consider below average credit.
  • Qualify more borrowers with credit challenges to achieve the American Dream.

What are Wright Mortgage’s Portfolio Lending products?

 

Wright Mortgage offers portfolio lending and welcomes interested consumers looking for options to make their dream of owning a home a reality. These products are another option for someone who could not qualify for a traditional Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan. Products offered by Wright Mortgage include:

  • Jumbo Alternative – This lending option offers alternatives for buyers looking for loan amounts up to $2 million with flexible guidelines. A 90%  loan to value (LTV) ratio, debt to income (DTI) ratio up to 50 percent and an interest-only option are offered. Types of acceptable income documentation include restricted stock units, asset depletion and additional solutions for self-employed buyers.
  • Homeowners Access – This solution was designed to assist buyers achieve or re-establish homeownership. Maximum DTI accepted is 60 percent, and there are special considerations for late mortgage payments within the last year or a housing or credit incident greater than 24 months. Buyers may be eligible for financing that was not previously available to them through alternative lending means.
  • Fresh Start – This lending option is for buyers that have not been able to receive financing because of a short sale, bankruptcy, foreclosure or a deed in lieu within the past 24 months.
  • Foreign National – This option helps make buying a second home in the United States easier for qualified non-citizens who visit the country regularly for business or vacation. There are both fixed- and adjustable-rate options available, along with flexible guidelines to help qualified Foreign National buyers obtain home financing.

Refinance Your Mortgage

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Why pay more than you have to? Don’t wait!

Changing the terms of your loan can benefit you and maximize your monthly income. A lower monthly mortgage payment can help free-up money you can save, invest or use for other expenses. When rates are favorable, refinancing to a lower rate or longer-term mortgage can keep more money in your pocket every month.

Use our easy Quick Quote on the right, to help you see if refinancing can save you money.

You can also fill out our short application to see what rate you qualify for and obtain a pre-approval letter. Of course you can always call and speak to one of our loan consultants.

Our refinance calculator will help you to decide whether or not you should refinance your current mortgage at a lower interest rate. This calculator will calculate the monthly payment, net interest savings, and the time it will break even on the closing costs.

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When you purchase a new home, you will receive a LE (Loan Estimate) from your title company approximately when you will go into escrow.  This LE  will describe in detail the information for your escrow account; this is commonly referred to as insurance impounds and property tax.  This may or may not be necessary depending on the agreement you and your lender reach.  Here’s what you need to know about escrow:

Previously, home buyers would be responsible for paying their property taxes at the end of the year.  However, many homeowners didn’t budget properly throughout the year and thus ran short on funding.  Therefore, many lenders started asking homeowners to pay these taxes and fees throughout the course of the year as opposed to at the end of the year. The overall goal of this was to have the lender pay the fees on the borrower’s behalf each month to minimize any errors or missed payments.  For their services, lenders receive interest on the escrow funds.  Often, lenders will ask for anywhere from three to six months’ of property taxes to open an escrow account.

 

PMI

Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is yet another source of overcharges and unjustified costs that homeowners need to scrutinize. You need to know how to cancel PMI when it is no longer needed, both under lending guidelines and under a new federal law that took effect in July, 1999.

Good Intentions Gone Bad. The practice of requiring PMI is actually well-intentioned. By insuring lenders against risk, PMI helps homeowners obtain financing when they can’t afford to make the standard 20 percent down payment. The initial down payment can be as low as 5 percent, so long as the borrower is willing to pay an extra monthly or annual charge toward PMI. Although PMI makes the down payment more affordable, the homeowner does not otherwise benefit from paying the premiums – this insurance simply protects the bank, not the homeowner, from loss in case of foreclosure or default on the loan.

Buying is Smarter than Renting


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Top 3 Reasons Why Buying is Smarter than Renting

Traditionally, part of the American dream was home ownership, and many adults worked towards that goal. Following the recent housing bubble, many people began to question whether buying a home was actually smarter than renting, with some advocating that home ownership came with lots of risks and few real rewards. That couldn’t be further from the truth, though! There are many advantages to buying your own home, and we’ve gathered up several of them below!

  1.       Tax breaks. It’s been said that the only guarantees in life are death and taxes – so why not get a break on how much you owe each year?! One of the major benefits of home ownership is the tax deductions you will be eligible to take. There are tax advantage and tax breaks whether you are a home owner with juts a primary residence where you live, or whether you also own investment properties that you rent out. Home owners are eligible for tax deductions on the mortgage interest they pay, which can really add up! These tax deductions reduce your total taxable income, as long as you itemize your deductions. Lower taxable income results in a lower tax owed to the government and more money back in your pocket come April.
  2.       Homes are valuable assets. When you own your own home, every month you’re be making a payment directly towards a tangible, valuable asset: real estate. When you rent, you hand your money over to someone else, who in 15, 20 or 30 years will then own land and a building that has no mortgage on it. They could choose to live there, “rent free” (save for taxes and other normal living expenses), or they could continue to earn income on it, perhaps allowing for an earlier retirement. Although real estate values can certainly ebb and flow in the short-term, in the long-term real estate is nearly always a solid move. There’s also something nice about the idea of owning a home where you know you’ll stay, where your kids will grow and where your grandkids will come and visit. That home will be a built-in part of your families’ memories.

3.      Home ownership gives you freedom. With most rentals, you’ll be subject to a lease and all the rules, terms and conditions of that lease. You likely won’t be able to paint your home any colors you wish, replace carpet with hardwood, or get new kitchen appliances. You may not be able to own pets, or you might be limited in the type and number of pets you can own. You may even be restricted on throwing larger birthday parties for your children, having a pool to play and splash in in summer, or in planting your favorite flowers out front. But with home ownership, the freedom to make a house your home is 100% yours!

Mortgage After a Bankruptcy?

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People file for bankruptcy every day, many for reasons outside of their control such as extended unemployment, divorce or unexpected medical debt. Bankruptcy can be a stressful, demoralizing time, and many people who file for bankruptcy worry that they will be unable to keep their homes, or will be unable to ever qualify for a mortgage again.

Will I be able to obtain a mortgage after a bankruptcy?

According to the Federal Housing Administration, “A Chapter 13 bankruptcy does not disqualify a borrower from obtaining an FHA mortgage provided the lender documents that one year of the payout period under the bankruptcy has elapsed and the borrower’s payment performance has been satisfactory (i.e., all required payments made on time). In addition, the borrower must receive permission from the court to enter into the mortgage transaction.” So, as long as you filed for bankruptcy more than 1 year ago, and within that time you have made all required payments under your bankruptcy settlement, you will likely be eligible for an FHA mortgage.

Additionally, the federal government has a program which may be available for homeowners who are in the middle of a bankruptcy: the Home Affordable Modification Program (or, HAMP). HAMP-modifications to mortgage loans can take place during an active Chapter 13 bankruptcy case, and require that you and your bankruptcy attorney submit a HAMP-modification require to the mortgage lender or servicer.

Traditionally, conventional mortgage lenders will often require a period of 2 years to have passed since the discharge of a bankruptcy, or 4 years since the dismissal of a bankruptcy. However, once that period of time has elapsed, you will likely be able to obtain a mortgage without many roadblocks, assuming that your credit score and any down payment are sufficient – just the same as any prospective borrower.

Although a bankruptcy, whatever the reason, will likely put you on a slower path to home ownership, there is no reason why you cannot recover from a bankruptcy and move forward with your plans to own a home. Today, lenders understand that people can get in over their heads financially, many times for reasons outside of their control. Given a bit of time, and proof that you are on the road to financial recovery, you’ll find that there are many lenders willing to give prospective borrowers with a bankruptcy on their record a mortgage at competitive interest rates.