Locking in favorable terms with a fixed-rate mortgage. As of this writing, interest rates are at their historical rock-bottom. Receiving a fixed-rate mortgage lets you potentially lock in the most affordable terms we’ve seen.
The Money-Saving Secrets of the Home Purchase
If you’re tired of throwing rent toward the landlord, you can keep some of that money by putting it toward the principle of your very own home mortgage. Why bother? Here are some of the money-saving secrets that homeowners can enjoy:
Get pre-approved for a mortgage to do your research first. Ready to shop around? There’s no pressure. Get pre-approved for a mortgage and find out how much home you can afford—these are essential next steps that convince a home seller that you mean business.
Buy the home you can afford. When you know your total monthly liabilities, your income, and your credit rating, you can easily calculate just how much home you can afford. This will help ensure that you buy a house that remains a long-term blessing and not a strain on your budget.
The Stats: What You Need to Know Before You Buy a Home
Homeownership is common. In fact, statistics from 2022 show that the homeownership rate was a staggeringly high 65.8%, which means the majority of people have gotten out of the rent cycle and into their own home.
You don’t need experience. First-time home buyers constitute one-third of all home buyers, which means that you don’t have to feel intimidating by the home buying process, even if it’s your first time. It’s far more common to be going through this process for the first time than you might imagine.
The average length of time is low. Have house fever? You’d be surprised how quickly things can move. The average length of time between someone visiting a potential home for purchase and the closing date was only 73 days, or two and a half months.
Are you interested in finding out if a home purchase makes sense for you? Are you ready to join the ranks of homeowners and lock in potentially low rates?
2 Ways to Use Your FHA 203(k) Loan
Buy a Fixer-Upper (and Fix It Up)
Or... Renovate Your Current Home!
Working with Golden Bay Mortgage Group, with Cam and the whole team was the best experience for my family and I they are always available if you have any questions. We recommend his team for purchasing a home, they are the best people to go to!- Lizbeth M.
Cam and Leela took great care of me--they were highly responsive, locked in the lowest rate, and had the best closing costs. They really made the process easy. I couldn't have asked for a better team to handle my refinance.- Jordan K.
As first time homebuyers, we were nervous entering this journey but Cam’s team helped us every step of the way. They elaborate and answer any questions your have and have a very quick response time, which ensures that you feel supported throughout the process. They are definitely first time homebuyer friendly! We appreciate all the work done to get us this house and close escrow under 21 days. We would definitely recommend GB Mortgage to any potential homebuyer.- Felipe R.
Your Renovation Wish List Could Include...
Increase window size
Bring in more natural light
Finish a basement or attic
Create a mother-in-law apartment or guest space
Correct foundational issues
Protect your investment for the long-term
Add a detached garage when one does not exist
There’s room for everyone
Knock down walls
Open up the floor plan to create versatile, welcoming spaces
Flood-proof your property
Add a retaining wall to prevent expensive damage
Repair the pool
Tired of leaks and cracks? Fix the pool & start enjoying it
Expand or refresh the kitchen
Cooking is just more fun in an updated kitchen
Add square footage
Growing your family? Grow your home alongside it!
After remodeling, 74% of owners have a greater desire to be in their home, and 65% have increased enjoyment in their home.
How Does a Renovation Loan Work?
Depending on the types of repairs you plan to do, you have two options when it comes to securing a FHA 203(k) Renovation Loan: Limited and Standard.
The Limited 203(k) loan
The Limited 203(k) loan is for non-structural or “cosmetic” repairs. It covers up to $35,000 in renovation costs. With a Limited loan, you can do nearly anything that doesn’t affect the home’s structure! Think kitchen and bathroom remodels, carpet and flooring replacement, painting, appliance replacement, and much more.
The Standard 203(k) loan
The Standard 203(k) loan is a loan for projects with repair costs over $35,000. It can be used for structural or non-structural repairs. With a Standard Loan, you have even more flexibility. You can expand the home’s footprint, improve accessibility for differently abled people, and even move the home to a different site.
What You Need To Know About A Home Purchase
Can I do the work myself?
No. Both types of 203(k) loans require a licensed contractor to complete the work.
Is there a maximum dollar amount for repairs?
There is no maximum repair amount. However, your loan amount will be determined by several factors, including the FHA County Loan Limit.
What if we can’t live in our fixer-upper while we renovate? Would I need to start making mortgage payments right away?
The short answer is: No! With the Standard 203k, you can finance up to six months of mortgage payments into your loan, provided that your HUD Consultant (a third-party plan reviewer required on Standard 203k Loans) determines that the home is uninhabitable. This would eliminate the need for you to make two housing payments at once.
When and how does my contractor get paid for the work?
With the Standard 203K loan, no funds are given to the contractor in advance. Draws to the contractor are made as work progresses and phases are completed. Draw inspections will verify that the work has been completed. Up to five draws can be taken.