Category Archives: buying a home in as-is condition

Home Improvements Needed? Think 203k Loan.

Pic Credit to Danilo Rizzuti MSNBC recently had an article on their site that said home improvements are on the rise.  The only problem is where are homeowners and homebuyers be able to find financing for these improvements.  The answer is the 203k loan. Most people think the 203k loan is just for fixxing foreclosures, […]

203K Loan HUD Consultants and General Contractor Conflicts

Quick tip on 203k loans in regards to HUD Consultant and general contractor conflicts:  As a potential home buyer, make sure that the HUD Consultant and the General Contractor who is doing the repairs and upgrades to the property, are not the same person.  The HUD Consultant is supposed to be an independant third party […]

Realtors And The 203k Loan. Why Do They Dislike It?

The 203k loan is like taboo to some Realtors, they dislike it.  To the 20 year experienced Realtor the 203k loan may be looked at as a loan that is problematic and associated with fraud. Realtors who have been in business for 10 years or more may have never seen the need for the 203k […]

Buying A Home In As-Is Condition

Buying a home in as-is condition to many home buyers is scary thing.  Many people want homes in move in ready condition and make things simple.  But what if you get a good value on an as-is property?  Maybe there’s a broken window, or missing toilets or holes in the wall?  A lender will not normally […]

Structuring An Offer With A 203k Loan

  OK, I’ve heard many reasons why a Realtor or REO lender won’t accept a 203k loan contract offer.  How do we combat this?  We have a qualified homebuyer but their choice of financing is an issue.  The main roadblocks are that the loan takes too long to fund, and that Realtors have heard nightmares about past […]

Realtors Battling Sellers Over Fixits-Why?

I viewed a hilarious Realtor blog video today that I had to share. The Realtor was fired by the seller because their home didn’t sell. The Realtor went on to say that he supplied the seller with a list of fixits. The seller didn’t do any of them and their home didn’t sell in its […]

How to Sell a Home with Broken Windows

The ever increasing number of foreclosure and short sale properties hitting the market are causing some problems when it comes to selling. Some of these properties have some issues that appear minor but become major issues when it comes to a lender allowing a loan to be put on the property. The property may not […]

The 203k Streamline Needs a HUD Consultant.

The 203k Streamline is gaining some steam and increased Realtor acceptance. However, with the increased popularity comes misconceptions. The 203k Streamline is meant for minor cosmetic work and has a cap of $35,000 in repairs, a hombuyer and contractor is all that’s needed……or is it? Any repair amount greater than $35,000 is still possible, but […]