Lack of inventory is a common problem for listing agents. A larger problem is the amount of homes that need some work. Move in ready homes can be hard to come by. The homes available need work and all seem to have “issues”. Often there is the misconception these homes are not insurable and cannot be financed so they are often marketed to investors and cash buyers who come in and drive down the price.
This is where Renovation loans can really help. Education is the key to successfully using these programs. Working with a lender that has a dedicated Renovation Specialists on staff is important because the Renovation Specialist can do the heavy lifting on educating everyone so that the whole team knows what the next steps are and what is needed to close the loan.
Listing agents should also consider working with a contractor who understands how renovation financing works. Connecting with a contractor who has design tools to create a blueprint or tour of what the home would look like with the financed repairs allows buyers to see what the home could be. Educating buyers about Renovation loans and what is available is a great way to sell listings.
The answer is YES mortgage payments can be financed, but there are few things to keep in mind if you decide to do it.
Conventional HomeStyle and Standard FHA203k loans allow up to 6 months of mortgage payments to be collected through the loan so that you can live elsewhere while the remodel is taking place and not have to worry about making two housing payments. But keep in mind the home must appraise for enough money to build them in.
The money collected to pay your mortgage during the construction may only be applied to the mortgage while the home is uninhabitable. If the home is livable mortgage payments cannot be paid from the renovation escrow fund. That means if three months of mortgage payments were collected but the home was only uninhabitable two months, then only two mortgage payments can be paid by funds collected in the renovation escrow.
Any unused money that was collected in the Renovation escrow will be applied to the principal of your mortgage at the closeout of the project. This is a good option for those who need to rent another home while the renovation is being done.
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