Many lenders have issued 203k renovation loans by partnering with state and local housing agencies or nonprofit agencies that renovate homes, and they’ve been quite successful. They’ve found ways to get money into homeowners’ hands with other financial opportunities, like HUD’s HOME, HOPE and Community Development Block Programs.
Other lenders grant 203k renovation loans to prove they are valuable players in low-income communities and to meet Community Reinvestment Act responsibilities. Properties that are eligible are single-family homes, although some condos may qualify if they are approved by the FHA. The 203k renovation loans must not be used for luxury improvements – they are intended to finance projects like painting or additions.
In the District, 203k renovation loans have been popular tools to help homeowners purchase vacant foreclosures or short sales and make them move-in ready. The streamlined 203k loans help buyers consolidate the cost of the home and up to $35,000 in renovation costs into one loan.
The 203k Rehab Loan Network is a DC-based group of lenders, consultants and real estate agents who specialize in 203k renovation loans through Washington D.C. rehab loan programs. The network believes these 203k renovation loans are key to stabilizing the District’s housing market and creating jobs in the construction industry, according to its website.
In Washington D.C., the city council froze the foreclosure system in 2010, forcing lenders to work with delinquent borrowers. But many of those homeowners are likely still struggling and would want to sell their property, perhaps to a homebuyer connecting with 203k renovation loans. So, while the market for move-in ready homes is strong in Washington D.C., homebuyers likely still have ample opportunity to purchase properties in rough condition and can make those purchases easier with 203k renovation loans.