how to remodel if not enough in equity to do what you want

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We have about 16k in equity on our house. The home in in serious need of repair. We want to do about 50k worth of remodeling. We have excellent credit but have been turned down from a finance company that our bank uses b/c they say that they will not go by what it will be appraised at (100k) after the work. We owe 36k on it but appraised at 67k right now. What are our options? We really have to have some of the work done (releveling, new roof, vinyl siding) but other stuff is just extras (another bathroom, new floors, new countertops). The 16k that our current lender will give us thru the equity will not be anywhere near what we want to get the house to the 100k appraisal. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks


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You could consider an FHA 203K Rehab loan. This is a single loan that refinances your existing mortgage and provides additional funds for the repairs/improvements. It is based on the after-improved value. However, one key caveat – you cannot perform the work yourself, it must be done by contractor(s).

Answered about 1 year ago

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An FHA 203K is an option to make improvements to your home, but it would not be my first choice. The 203K is expensive and requires extensive documentation.

You should be able to get a home improvement loan that is based on the improved value of your home. In addition to an appraisal for the ‘as improved’ value you need a contract with a general contractor that includes the cost of the improvements and includes plans and specs for the work to be performed. The contract should establish a material and mechanics lien on the property. The draw(s) from the home improvement loan will satisfy the mechanics lien. The lender may require that the first draw pay off your current lien to give the lender a first lien position. These procedures can vary from state to state; and lender to lender.

It may be possible to refinance the home improvement loan into a conforming conventional loan after the improvements are made.

I don’t understand why your bank would refer you to a finance company. Contact a few community banks until you find one that does home improvement lending in your area.

Answered about 1 year ago
Harlan Cooper
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