Carlos Scarpero- Dayton and Cincinnati Ohio Mortgage Broker

203k Mortgage Loans in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio

Looking for a program to remodel a home? 

Check out 203k mortgage loans.

Minimum Down Payment: 3.5% typically or you can get a foreclosed home from HUD for $100 down

Minimum Credit Score: Varies but it’s very hard to get this program if you have a score below 580.

Maximum Loan Amount: Same as FHA limit

Maximum Debt Ratio: 56.9%

Rental Property: Available if you buy a 4 unit property and live on one of the units

Looking to rent out the home? Check out Fannie Mae Homestyle instead

Frequently Asked Questions About FHA Mortgage Loans

What is the 203k loan program?

203k is a type of FHA loan that allows you to remodel a home. There’s the full 203k for structural remodeling, adding rooms, etc and the limited 203k for basic remodeling. On the limited program, your remodel is limited to $35,000.

Can I defer payments while remodeling my home? 

Yes! On the full 203k, you can defer your payments for up to 6 months while the home is being remodeled if you are temporarily unable to live in the property.

Do I need to live in the home after it’s completed?

Yes. The 203k program is designed for owner occupants. If you are looking for a renovation mortgage program for an investment property, check out Fannie Mae Homestyle instead.

How does FHA view chapter 7 bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is allowed on your credit report when applying for a 203k mortgage. However, it needs to be discharged for a minimum of 2 years.

Can I get a 203k loan with a Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

FHA allows mortgage approval for the 203k with a Chapter 13 bankruptcy as long as it’s at least one year from the file date. If the bankruptcy has not yet been discharged, court approval is required. Additionally, manual underwriting and special scrutiny is required if it has been less than 2 years after the Chapter 13 bankruptcy discharge.

Can I get a FHA 203k loan after a foreclosure?

FHA allows you to have a foreclosure on your credit report. However, it must have been at least 3 years since the date the sheriff filed the deed with the county. Sometimes, this can be weeks or months after the actual Sheriff’s Sale. Deed in Lieu, where you just deed the property to the mortgage company falls under this same requirement.

What are debt ratio limits on 203k mortgage loans?

We can finance a 203k with up to a 55% debt ratio. This is way higher than what other mortgage programs allow and one of the benefits of using FHA mortgage financing. 

What is the minimum down payment required for a FHA 203k mortgage loan?

You can qualify for an 203k mortgage with as little as 3.5% down for a standard home. You can also combine this program with HUD’s $100 down program to buy a foreclosed home.

How does FHA view chargeoffs on my credit when applying for the 203k loan?

It is possible to get approved for FHA financing with chargeoffs on your credit report. These do not need to be paid back before closing.

How are non medical collections handled on FHA loans?

Any unpaid collection account needs to have a payment plan or be paid off before closing. If not, 5% of the unpaid collection balance will be used toward your debt ratio calculation. If your total unpaid collections are $2000 or less, this requirement is waived.

How are medical collections viewed on FHA loans?

Medical collections are ignored in debt ratio calculations and do not need to be paid off before closing.

I have credit card late payments. Can I still get approved?

It is possible to get approved for FHA mortgage financing with installment and credit card lates on your credit report. 

How are mortgage late payments viewed with FHA mortgage loans?

You can’t have more than 2×30 mortgage lates in the past 12 months when applying for any FHA loan program, including 203k. 

How does FHA view student loans on the 203k program?

Student loans have special rules when you are applying for FHA financing. When you are on deferment or using income based repayment, 1% of the outstanding loan amount is used for qualifying purposes. Additionally, delinquent student loans that are charged off to the government need to be settled or refinanced.

What is Desktop Underwriter?

When applying for a FHA mortgage, the file is submitted to FHA’s approval program called Desktop Underwriter (DU) to make a credit decision. This program takes into account the credit score, the debt ratio and savings (called reserves in the lending industry) to make a yes or no credit decision. 

Can I refinance a FHA loan?

You can refinance a different type of mortgage loan to an FHA mortgage loan. FHA to FHA refinancing, which is called streamline refinancing, can be done with lower closing costs. Additionally, if you own a property with equity, you can do a cash out refi to pay down debts or improve the property. However, with a cash out refi, you are limited to 85% of the property’s appraised value.

Is there a limit to how much I can borrow on the 203k program?

In the Dayton metro area and most of Ohio, the 203k program is capped at the FHA limit.  We also offer other mortgage programs to borrowers that are over the FHA loan limit. Please reach out to discuss your options.

What are lender overlays with FHA mortgage loans?

Overlays are additional credit requirements over and above what FHA requires. We do not have overlays. We do our underwriting at FHA minimum rule

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