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FHA 203k Certified Contractors – where do I find one?

May 13, 2013

The Search Begins….. Finding a certified FHA 203k contractor can be a hard thing to come by- why you ask?  Simple- FHA / HUD does not maintain a database, train contractors, or even approve them to do work.  Finding a contractor to use in the FHA 203k renovation mortgage process is the responsibility of the home owner […]

How Does a HUD 203k Inspection Differ from a Standard Home Inspection?

June 13, 2012

This is a guest post from Steven Laszlo (S0640), FHA 203k consultant and a trained home inspector in California.  I asked Steven if we could put this on our site because this question comes up all the time from home buyers, Realtors and even other loan officers when I train them.  Its an important subject […]

The FHA 203K Mortgage Process

May 14, 2012

 The FHA 203k is a great loan for someone making a purchase or refinancing, and these steps will provide you with a road-map to understanding the process. 1)    The Buyer works with a realtor to find the right property for them, or the owner is ready for a renovation on their existing property. 2)    Get […]


May 7, 2012

Many are surprised to find out that you can use a FHA 203k loan to refinance or purchase a property and roll in the cost of rehabilitation and renovation.  This is one of the great ideas behind the FHA 203k loan.  Frequently, I receive calls from customers stating they don’t have enough equity in their […]

Eligible Improvements Using the FHA 203K Loan

April 26, 2012

Lately I’ve been asked, “what are some allowable improvements when we use the FHA 203k rehab mortgage”?  I’d like to give you some basic information that you can use to help understand how the FHA 203k renovation mortgage works and what is eligible. These are prime times for the FHA 203k program more than ever. […]

4-Steps to moving 3 million REO properties with a 203k and other tools

March 3, 2012

This is a great blog post from Vito Simone, a FHA 203k consultant who services the Maryland area.  His contact information is below and his blog can be viewed at 4-Steps to moving 3 million REO properties with a 203k and other tools There is NO example of government owned rentals that have proven to […]

FHA 203K…The Contingency Reserve

January 8, 2012

What’s The Contingency Reserve? The Contingency Reserve is something that needs to be addressed because it’s an extremely important part of the FHA 203k loan.  The Contingency Reserve is there for cost overruns- it is a component that is put in place to protect the home buyer or home refinancer in case of additional costs or expenses […]

Have you seen the show “Property Brothers” on HGTV?

January 3, 2012

I got really excited one day when this new show came out called the “Property Brothers.” I swear when I watch the show I think that I may actually be related to these guys in one-way or another. I believe I might be the third brother- the one that nobody knows about- the one that […]

FHA Streamline Refinance without Credit Scores and Appraisal

July 31, 2011

FHA Streamline refinances typically require credit scores and appraisals – this is not the way the FHA streamline program was supposed to be used, but conduits (investors) have put their overlays on FHA mortgages. This is a shame because there are good borrowers out there who make their mortgage payments on time but who, for […]

FHA 203k Mortgage Issues- Obtaining Permits

July 25, 2011

I started reaching out to some FHA 203k consultants that I know and also to a few other FHA 203k lenders and I asked them all to please tell me what gives them the biggest headaches and what could I tell customers upfront that would help speed along FHA 203k mortgage transactions. Drum roll please……… […]

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