The Mortgage Network: Brian Quigley

Renovation Home Loans Made Simple for Home Owners in Colorado

November 6, 2020
Brian Quigley

Renovation Home Loans Could Be Your Ticket

Renovation Home Loans can be an extremely attractive option for home owners in Colorado looking to upgrade their home. Whether you are getting ready to put your home on the market or simply have more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a renovation home loan can help you secure the money you need.

Renovation lending is a great alternative take advantage of great mortgage rates, especially in 2020 while interest rates can be found below 3%.

Renovation lending is not as difficult as you may think, and it is offered as a Conventional Loan through Fannie Mae. Renovation home loans will come into the picture quite frequently as it seems all the good homes get snatched up, and the ones that need some work, they usually get passed on.

Renovation home loans can lead to homes like this being renovated to increase value.

The following will be a breakdown in how a renovation loan works, and after that I will go over an actual CASE STUDY for a Denver loan in process now, for your potential home buyers to follow.

There are other types of home loans that are similar but just to be clear... IT IS NOT A CONSTRUCTION LOAN. IT IS NOT AN FHA 203k LOAN. This program is a Renovation home loan for homebuyers considering moderate home improvements, avoiding a 2nd mortgage, Home Equity Line of Credit, or a hard money private loan with outrageous terms.

You can use this as either a refinance or purchase mortgage. The loan amount will be based on the "as-completed" value of the home, not the current value. This requires an appraisal of the current value as well as an estimated appraisal based off the plans for the renovation.

The Property TYPES ALLOWED include:

  • 1-4 unit principal residences
  • 1 unit second homes
  • 1 unit investment properties including Condos, co-ops and PUDs.

What you need to know about Renovation Home Loans

  • The minimum down payment is 5%.
  • The borrower will need to choose their own contractor to perform the renovation.
  • The contractor will need to be reviewed by the lender to determine if they are qualified and experience.
  • You are allowed to perform the renovations yourself if the work does not exceed 10% of the as-completed value with work items no greater then $5000.
  • The costs are rolled into your monthly mortgage so you still only make one monthly mortgage payment.
  • Renovation costs are limited to 50% of the as-completed value, and you are allowed to roll in up to six months of mortgage payments if the renovation will require the property to be uninhabitable.
a basement renovation with a game room and sitting area that includes a billiards table.

Case Study

In this case we will use a $249,900 purchase that will not appraise the way the property is at value.

We use a Fannie Mae HomeStyle Renovation Loan and the renovations are costing $42,795 with repairs of the following to be completed, with a 10% contingency included

  • Floor Replacement
  • Painting throughout the house
  • Demo Work in Officex Utility Room and Living Room
  • New Cabinets
  • New Tub, Sink, and Toilet
  • Carpet
  • New Fixtures

The appraiser will do 1 appraisal based on the as is value, and the specifications of repair estimate, to determine the as-completed value.

The buyer now will be paying the purchase price $249,900 plus renovation costs of $42,795

Total Acquisition cost will be $292,695 and if the renovations now make the home worth this much, the buyer will bring in 5% of this amount which is $14,634.75

In closing

The Fannie Mae Homestyle Renovation Lending program is a great mortgage tool to utilize and have as one of your choices. If you are looking to upgrade your existing home or you want to upgrade a home you are buying, this is a great option.

If you have any questions about this product, you can reach Brian Quigley at loans@brianquigley.com or call him at 720-949-5630

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Brian Quigley
Hello, my name is Brian Quigley and I have been a mortgage broker in Denver, CO since 2003. I have been fortunate enough to choose this very rewarding mortgage broker career and help thousands of borrowers over the years. Customer satisfaction is important to me most, and getting my clients to the closing table smoothly. I am proficient in all types of mortgage financing including FHA/VA, Conventional, USDA, Jumbo, Portfolio, 1031 Exchanges, Reverse Mortgages, Construction loans, and FHA 203K loans.

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