How HomeStyle or 203K Let You Manage the Rehab Process Even With No Experience

In my job as a Renovation Loan Officer I speak with clients that may be deciding between a rehab property to purchase or a totally finished property. One of the concerns expressed to me is the lack of previous experience working with contractors or managing a home rehab project. This is certainly a legitimate concern. After all not everyone is … Read More

Why a Home Renovation Can be Delayed & It’s Not Unusual

                                                Before                                                                                    After   In my role as a Loan Officer specializing in financing residential rehab projects with the conventional … Read More

Rehab A Chicago Bungalow !

Traditional Size Bungalow above   Larger Yellow Octagon Front Bungalow   Being a Chicago resident I am very familiar with the traditional brick Chicago bungalow style home. My grandparents had one I spent a lot of time in while growing up. As a family we had many happy times there and made great memories. There was something about the basic, functional … Read More

First Time Buyers Can Add Money to Rehab in One Mortgage

                                                                                       First Time Buyer? Do you know a mortgage exists that includes rehab                                                                                                                                        funds ?  In one Loan ! If you have read my Blog before you know it’s my passion to spread the word about renovation mortgages !   It’s the best kept secret in home buying. Buy the home with a small down payment and add … Read More

How to Buy & Finance a 2 Unit Property with a 203K Loan

How to Finance a 2 Flat Rehab As part of my job in assisting clients with financing of properties and related renovation costs I answer many questions.  One frequent question asked is, “Will it be worth all the effort ?”.  Meaning will it be a good financial move for them, will the project turn out pleasing them, will the renovation … Read More

Student Loans Stopping You From Buying a Home ?

             Are Student Loan Payments Stopping You From Buying a Home?   In my role as a Loan Officer who specializes in renovation loans I speak to many potential buyers. These days it is not uncommon for a first time buyer to have student loan payments that are actively in repayment or will one day be in repayment after any … Read More

Buy and Rehab a Mixed Use Building with a 203K

                     How to Buy and Rehab a Mixed Use Building with a 203K One of the little known uses of FHA 203k financing is to purchase (or refinance) a small building that has both commercial space and residential space. This is allowed by FHA only for owners who will live in the residential space. The commercial space can be leased … Read More

How To Find & Buy A Property Using A Renovation Loan

                              How to Find and Buy a Property Using Renovation Financing:                                                    Realtor & Buyers Renovation Tool Kit I speak with many Realtors who work with buyers. The buyers may have questions about crime statistics, roads, public transportation, local amenities, school system statistics, etc. Many buyers will ask to see properties based on these criteria and more. Buyers are … Read More