Why am I having a hard time finding a lender for the Title I loan program. I have called several lenders on the approved list from HUD's website and most are not aware of the program and others pushed me onto the 203 program.
I really commend you for doing your homework, reviewing my website, and asking such a good question. As far as the HUD lenders you have called not being aware of a Title I Home Improvement Loan, I cannot answer that.
However, I would like to make sure that you understand what the Title I Home Improvement Loan Program is.
FHA's goal is to make it easier for you to get an inexpensive home improvement loan. They do this by insuring the loan.
So the key is to find a lender who works with this Title I Program. Since this loan program has a maximum of $25,000, that may be why most lenders are saying they have never heard of it. There is a lot of paperwork for a very small loan.
I would suggest you contact the HUD Housing Authority in your area. I found one in your city that specializes in home improvement counseling, Acorn Housing. Their number is 503-788-9989. Keep in mind they are a counseling agency and not a lender, but they may be able to point you to a lender who can do that type of loan.
Now the 203(k) Program is specially designed for you to purchase a home and improve it all under the same loan product.
This program may also work for you and that may be why those lenders are pointing you to it. The difference between the 203(k) and the Title I is the 203(k) can be used for an acquisition and home improvements or home improvements by themselves. Whereas the Title I is for home improvements only.
Remember all loan officers think of their pay checks first, so they may try to persuade you to refinance the entire house and the home improvements thus earning them a larger commission. My advice is to be persistent while looking for a lender who can work with you.
Now if you are about the purchase a house and make improvements, then the 203(k) would be the only program that will do this.
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I am having trouble getting in touch with a lender for the FHA Title 1 Home Improvement Loan. Everyone tells me they don't do that. Please help. I think this is my only option.
I really appreciate you coming by my website and asking me this question.
The Title 1 loan is indeed a hard one to find. The lender has to be approved by HUD in order to do this kind of loan.
I assume you are already living in a home and need to do improvements. That is how this loan product works.
Now with that said, in most cases this is a small loan and for most loan officers they just don't want to mess with it. It requires a great deal of paperwork for a small commission.
But you are the customer and you have right to this loan product. It just may take some serious persistence to find one.
I did a little searching for you at the HUD website to try and help you out. Keep in mind these lenders have to be approved by HUD to do Title 1 loans in your area of St Louis MO. Follow this link for Title 1 lenders in St Louis Mo.
I hope you find what you are looking for. I know the results show they are Title 2 lenders, however the search at HUD's website serve these lenders up as Title 1 lenders also. Do not let the fact they are from different states affect you. They are the approved Title 1 lenders for your area.
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