How to Mortgage a Foreclosure Home

Many buyers that are looking for more affordable options when it comes to a home look into the possibility of foreclosed properties. Some questions that arise when financing a foreclosure include: wondering if the home must be paid for in cash, if the home can only be purchased with a loan from the bank that now owns the home, and the ability to secure funding if the home is in disrepair.

The questions about financing a foreclosed home alone can discourage buyers from continuing to look into the option of purchasing a foreclosure when they don’t have a large sum of cash to put toward the purchase. There are actually several homes across the country in foreclosure or on a short sale that are purchased with mortgages every year.

Here are some mortgage options for purchasing foreclosed propertiesHow to Mortgage a Foreclosure Home

Conventional Mortgage

Foreclosed homes are very often in need of repair. It can be tricky to obtain a conventional loan on a home that has been abandoned, damaged, or vandalized. Banks are reluctant to loan their money out for the purchase of a home with stolen plumbing or a missing furnace for instance. If they do entertain the possibility they will probably charge a higher fee for homeowner’s insurance due to the risk.

If you find a foreclosure that is in fairly good condition, a traditional conventional loan can still be an option. A bank can’t force a buyer to finance through them, but it could be beneficial to look into having a bank that owns a home finance the purchase.

Renovation Loan

If the home needs a lot of attention and repair to make it livable, a renovation loan may be a better option. This type of loan will include the purchase price of the home as well as the estimated construction repair cost into the loan. A popular loan program for this type of loan is the Fannie Mae HomeStyle renovation mortgage.

The HomeStyle mortgage requires buyers to have a credit score of at least 620. The higher your credit rating and income could allow you to put as little down on the home as 5%. Funds can be used for any type of work as long as it will be permanently affixed to the home and completed within the first year of ownership. A licensed contractor will need to put together a detailed estimated budget. An appraiser will be required to inspect the completed work.

FHA Loan

FHA loans exist to help buyers that don’t qualify for conventional loans to get into a home. They are government-backed loans to help owner-occupants and are not an option for investing or flipping the home. These loans can be used on most types of home purchases including bank-owned homes and short sales. The federal backing of these loans allows buyers to relax requirements to a 500 credit score and a 10% down payment.

FHA 203(k) Renovation Loans

These are FHA loan programs specifically for financing renovations. There are two types: one for smaller projects called the Limited 203(k) and the FHA 203(k) Rehab Mortgage. The Limited mortgage allows you to add up to $35,000 for home repairs and the Rehab mortgage allows for a wide range of larger renovation projects. The Rehab loan does have more requirements like using an FHA-approved consultant. Rehab loans can be used on projects as big as demolishing and rebuilding as long as the original foundation is used.

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