What Kind of Paint Should I Use in Each Room of My Home?

Don’t pass up buying a home because it requires cosmetic repairs! FHA offers the 203k  mortgage program that provides funds for repairs and/or upgrades. Not to be confused with FHA’s full 203k program, a Streamlined 203k loan eliminates much of the paperwork and simplifies the process to obtain rehab funds. The primary function of the streamline 203k is to aid with those cosmetic or minor repairs One “repair” that is allowed is paint. What kind of paint is best for each room? There’s a basic rule of thumb to follow when choosing paint sheens: The higher the sheen, the higher the shine — and the higher the shine, the more durable it will be. Flat paint has no shine; high-gloss is all shine. In between are eggshell, satin, and...

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Looking at Foreclosed Homes for Sale? Here are Few Things to Consider…

In today’s real estate market, many potential buyers run across short sale homes and houses close to foreclosure. Some homes have already been foreclosed and are now for sale by financial institutions that own them. While this leaves some potential buyers leery, it is potentially a good opportunity to find larger properties with plenty of space and amenities. Property Neglect Oftentimes, homes that have gone through foreclosure or are on the verge of it, are not in top condition. Small repairs have been neglected leaving potential buyers to wonder what else may be wrong with it. A careful walk-through with a home inspector would be helpful. Making a list of what needs to be fixed will help lessen the surprises after purchasing the property. The home’s...

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You Can Buy AND Renovate a Home with One Loan!

You Can Buy AND Renovate a Home with One Loan!

Buy AND renovate a home with a 203k mortgage! Because there is much more involved with this loan product than simply “getting a mortgage”; be prepared to be patient. There are a couple of different 203k products: 203k 203k Streamline (aka: Streamline 203k Limited Repair Program) The Streamlined 203(k) loan is the easiest and less costly renovation loan of the two. Eligible Borrowers This loan program is available only to people who plan to use the properties for which they are getting the loans as their primary residences. If a current homeowner needs to rehab his existing home, he can use the 203k refi program. Nonprofit organizations can also qualify for this loan program. *It is not available to investors who will not be living in the...

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203k Streamline Mortgage – Different From the 203K?

The 203k streamline mortgage is not the same as the 203k mortgage. The FHA 203(K) Streamline obtained its name because it simplifies the loan process by not requiring the extra cost and details found in its counterpart, the FHA 203(K) loan. Eligible Borrowers This loan program is available only to people who plan to use the properties for which they are getting the loans as their primary residences. If a current homeowner needs to rehab his existing home, he can use this program. Nonprofit organizations can also qualify for this loan program. It is not available to investors who will not be living in the property. Eligible Properties The program is focused on single-family, owner-occupied properties, but it is not limited to those. Homeowners can also use...

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Painting? Pay Attention to the Type of Paint You’re Using:

Painting? Pay Attention to the Type of Paint You’re Using:

Don’t pass up buying a home because it requires cosmetic repairs! FHA offers the 203k  mortgage program that provides funds for repairs and/or upgrades. Not to be confused with FHA’s full 203k program, a Streamlined 203k loan eliminates much of the paperwork and simplifies the process to obtain rehab funds. The primary function of the streamline 203k is to aid with those cosmetic or minor repairs One “repair” that is allowed is paint. What kind of paint is best for each room? There’s a basic rule of thumb to follow when choosing paint sheens: The higher the sheen, the higher the shine — and the higher the shine, the more durable it will be. Flat paint has no shine; high-gloss is all shine. In between are eggshell, satin, and...

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203K & 203K Streamline Mortgage…What’s the Difference?

203K & 203K Streamline Mortgage…What’s the Difference?

The 203k streamline mortgage is not the same as the 203k mortgage. The FHA 203(K) Streamline obtained its name because it simplifies the loan process by not requiring the extra cost and details found in its counterpart, the FHA 203(K) loan. Eligible Borrowers This loan program is available only to people who plan to use the properties for which they are getting the loans as their primary residences. If a current homeowner needs to rehab his existing home, he can use this program. Nonprofit organizations can also qualify for this loan program. It is not available to investors who will not be living in the property. Eligible Properties The program is focused on single-family, owner-occupied properties, but it is not limited to those. Homeowners can also use...

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