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‘Rehab’ Loans to the Rescue

In the end it was another loan that came to the Mercados’ rescue: the Federal Housing Administration’s 203(k), also known as the F.H.A. rehab loan, which is designed to cover not only buying the home but also renovating it, and is then paid back like a regular mortgage. A hybrid that has been around for […]

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Top 3 Things to Consider When Hiring a Contractor

First and foremost, clear communication is paramount. If you know what you want the contractor to do for you and can clearly relate that need, your contractor is less likely to misunderstand those instructions. Cost overruns almost always start with poor communication. Step #1 starts with You! Write it down.

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3 Reasons to Leap into the Housing Market this Spring

Happy Leap Day! It only happens once every 4 years – how will you take advantage of the extra day? We’re looking at all the ways we can share a little more information with home buyers today, because we’re seeing all kinds of good news on the housing market. Low prices, low interest rates and […]

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To Realtor – The Right Way to Get Your 203K Estimate

This past week, I had three conversations with Realtors who had buyers who were looking at foreclosed or short-sale homes. They were considering using the FHA 203K program. All three Realtors wanted a bid so they would know how much to offer on the house. Many Realtors think this is where the 203K process starts. […]

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5 Reasons Your First Mortgage Should Be a Home Improvement Loan

Instead of making your first mortgage experience a frustrating one, turn it back into a great time full of dreams and possibilities. You can do this with home improvement loans like the FHA 203k and HomePath Renovation. These options can help you turn a fixer-upper into a diamond in the rough, eventually getting your dream […]

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Successfully Selling a Rehab

The challenges sales agents face continue to plague the market. With the high number of foreclosures on the rise many sales agencies are realizing the benefits of FHA 203K Rehab loan. But how do you sell it? What sets this loan program apart from a standard sale? There are pros and cons to every market […]

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A Perspective on the Standard Sale vs the 203K Rehab Sale

I see firsthand the potential savings that lie just below the surface of the FHA 203K Loan program. The value appreciation and subsequent positive karma derived from wise investing creates joy in those who benefit, and the money isn’t bad either. As a 203K consultant I’m constantly

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3 Repair Types of the FHA 203(k) Rehab

Repairs listed as recommended are those suggested by professionals who have either inspected your project by choice [usually a Professional Home Inspector] or as a result of a recommendation by your 203(k) Consultant or Professional Home Inspector. A few examples are:

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