I found a house I love that has been foreclosed on. My husband is very handy and has built homes before so the repairs that need to be done are not an issue.
He bought a house several years ago with an FHA loan and was able to do the repairs himself and then have them inspected, but our real estate agent says that with an FHA loan we can NOT do the repairs ourselves and we have to have a licensed contractor do the repairs for us.
Now the big problem will be finding a lender that will do this for you. I'm not surprised your real estate agent does not know of this program.
There are a lot of loan officers that do not know about this loan product.
When I was in the mortgage business, I did these kind of loans. They work in a way that makes it possible to purchase and fix up the home.
However, the only down side to this loan product if you plan to do your own work is the repair escrow part of it.
You have to pay for the supplies and perform the repairs, then get an inspection and they reimburse you the costs.
So, you have to have some cash on the side or credit cards to work this out. You only want to get 2-3 draws at the most so you have to plan it out.
The type of loan you want to ask for is the FHA 203K loan. It is different from the FHA 203B loan product.
You may have to search rather hard to find this kind of a loan. Many people will tell you they do not exists because they are too embarrassed to admit they do not know about it.
So if you follow all the links on this page and read everything over, chances are you will know more than 99% of the Realtors and Loan Officers out there since this is kind of a secret.
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