Using the FHA 203k Home Renovation Loan, this buyer in North Benton, Ohio was able to completely renovate the home’s basement, bathrooms, kitchen, garage, AND add in a new deck. They purchased the house for $115,000 and had a budget of $85,000 in renovations. The home recently appraised at $232,500 – giving the buyers $32,500 in equity!

 

 

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You find a home you really like in a great neighborhood with a lot of potential. However, the furnace is old, the windows are the old single-pane style with a few missing their storm windows and the water heater looks like it belongs in the antique store. If you take that house and finance it with the FHA 203k renovation loan, and make the upgrades to those items, you might be able to have AmeriFirst Home Mortgage pay towards your closing costs.

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Using the FHA 203k Home Renovation Loan, this buyer in Canfield, Ohio was able to completely renovate the home’s bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, and other rooms in the home. They purchased the house for $177,550, and it recently sold for $269,000 – a difference of $91,450!

 

 

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Using the FHA 203k Home Renovation Loan, this buyer in Canfield, Ohio was able to completely renovate the home’s exterior, kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, and other rooms in the home. They purchased the house for $155,000 and had a renovation budget of $49,700 for a total cost of $204,700. The county has the property currently assessed for $254,770, which is a difference of $50,070!

 

 

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Using the FHA 203k Home Renovation Loan, this buyer in Boardman, Ohio was able to completely renovate the exterior of the home, the kitchen, the bathroom, and other rooms in the home, for a total cost (cost of home plus renovations) of $72,000.

 

 

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Using the FHA 203k Home Renovation Loan, this buyer in North Jackson, Ohio was able to completely renovate the kitchen and other rooms in the home, as well as immediately build over $30,000 in home equity.

 

 

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You’ve been looking at homes for months…cape cods, ranches, two stories, bi-levels, so many options. You’ve managed to find something in each house that you just haven’t liked, but you’re also quickly learning what things you do like. At this point, you almost wish you could just build your dream home yourself. There’s so much land for sale in your area. In fact, one of the plots even happens to be within walking distance of your favorite park. I know Sparky would enjoy that.

So you think to yourselves, “But is building a home really for us?” “It seems like a lot of work.” “Can we afford it?” “How do we feel about having two monthly payments? One for the land and the other for the house?” “It all just seems a little out of our league.”

But then you stumble upon the USDA New Construction Loan on the AmeriFirst website and everything becomes a lot more simplistic. A one-time close loan with a down payment as low as 0% Convert to a 30-year traditional mortgage once the work is complete? Check and check.

“Ok we’re sold.” “But what’s the next step?” After you have a pre-approval strategy meeting and you have the land picked out, it’s time to work with a builder and start designing your dream home. With this loan, there is only one closing meeting, so you are able to close on the land and the construction in the same loan, at the same time. This eliminates worries of another loan qualification and eliminates concerns over a new appraisal or dual fees associated with a second loan.

Construction can begin as soon as the loan closes. You have 9 months to finish construction of your home, and then a lifetime to enjoy it! Sound too good to be true? Learn about building your family’s dream home today with the USDA New Construction Loan and AmeriFirst Home Mortgage! Ask us how!

*Not intended as real estate, accounting or investment advice. Contact your financial representative for more information.

Most people see fixer-upper homes as money pits. And most people, and lenders for that matter, do not fully understand how to manage the fixer upper process. Yet, when looking at the real estate market as a whole, there are exponentially more homes that need work than homes that don’t. And in reality, many of these homes can be blank canvases for you to build and/or renovate your dream house. And renovation loans like the FHA 203k loan, allow you to build the cost of renovation into the loan. Next to the mortgage payment by itself, a homes carrying costs (also know as maintenance and utilities), is the second largest financial component of homeownership. Learn how to manage the fixer upper process more efficiently… Ask us how

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Interfamily transfers permit some unique rules to be considered when buying a home. We encourage mortgage planning to implement these strategies. A gift of equity can be used a few ways…and when done right, can drastically limit the use of actual money needed to buy a home. An interfamily transfer – also known as a non-armslength transaction – can be used three ways in any combination:

First, for down payment; Second, to cover closing costs for the loan; Third, to actually pay off debt. In many cases, these are great when estate planning is used in combination when transferring real estate. Imagine buying Grandma’s house, paying off your consumer debt, renovating the home, and doing so with almost no money out of pocket. It is certainly a technical transaction…and yet it’s done quite often. Do you qualify for a gift of equity? Maybe so…ask us how

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Many loan programs require property taxes and home insurance to be paid as part of the mortgage payment… referred to as an escrow account. In some cases, folks would rather keep that money in their own accounts and earn interest on it. And yet the amount of money, relatively speaking, is so small that considering that thought is financially insignificant. However, with certain loan options, contributing with a 20% down payment gives you the option to not have an escrow account. See if this is an option that makes sense… Ask us how!

*Not intended as real estate, accounting or investment advice. Contact your financial representative for more information.