HUD Homes – How to Use FHA 203K Renovation Loans to Create MASSIVE Equity
These days HUD foreclosures are everywhere. They are everywhere because the path to ownership for a lot of these homes was quite low initially. This is good for you because HUD homes represent some of the absolute best bargains on the market these days. Purchasing a HUD home is a little different than purchasing a traditional foreclosure though. That is why is is important you get a good knowledgeable HUD Realtor to help you out. How is it different? First of all, HUD has an automated bidding system, an easily manipulated one at that. HUD’s system, and what you should bid, is based a formula derived from days on market and number of times the price has dropped. A good HUD Realtor can usually get you within a few thousand of the lowest bid that the system will accept in the absence of other bids. This means HUGE discounts for you if you know the right Realtor. When you are perusing HUD listings you need to be aware of some of the caveats and what they mean to you. One of the things you need to pay close attention to when purchasing a HUD home as a primary residence is the FHA insurability. Homes with less than $5000 in repair are usually classified as FHA Insurable. HUD will escrow the repair money in an account for you to fix what the appraiser has noted needs fixing after you close. HUD Houses with over $5000 needed generally are FHA 203K Insurable. This means if you want to buy with traditional FHA financing you can’t, you need a FHA 203K renovation loan (or another type of renovation loan like the Fannie Mae Homestyle). Finally, you will see some homes that are not FHA 203K insurable. These are essentially teardowns.
If you really want the sweet deal on a HUD Home it is good to find one that has dropped in price once or twice and that needs some repair. It isn’t unusual for us to see 30% discounts to as-is value on these types of properties. Keep in mind to, that if you are going the way of the renovation loan you will be using after-repair value and that you can often sculpt a house that you love with 50% equity the day you move in. Invest in kitchens and bathrooms along with giving the home some curb appeal will generally provide you the best returns and the most instant equity. Don’t let the news media scare you into indecision, savvy home buyers are solidifying their family’s future with the deals available in this market.
Green Renovation Specialist