Improvements can be anything that adds value to the home. No longer will a purchase be held up because of the condition of the home – a renovation loan will allow repair services to cater you after closing with funds borrowed at the time of purchase. The lender simply creates a hold-back for the funds that are dispersed as the work is completed. It doesn’t matter whether you are a residential customer or large corporate customer with a high-rise building, you’ll receive the same high-standard of care, service and support. Property must be a single-family home and the loan-to-value based on the “as completed” value is limited to 75%. The underwriting is based on slightly more conservative Fannie Mae guidelines requiring a 720 FICO score, etc. Cost of improvements can be up to 50% of the “as completed value” which provides a great deal of flexibility to buy a distressed property and turn it into a solid investment. Improve your return on investment by putting less cash into the property. This example illustrates purchasing a $400,000 property with and without a renovation loan. The ability to add the desired renovations into the value that the 75% loan is calculated on, lowers your cash investment.
If you made it this far you are obviously interested in the details on how a renovation loan can work to purchase your next investment property. As I am a CPA and licensed as a real estate broker I am uniquely suited to assist with even the most complex situations and would be happy to help. Please give me a call today.
Clay Selland, President, Signet Mortgage Corporation