FHA 203k Loan


Whether you’re interested in purchasing a residential home that requires renovation work or would like to upgrade your current living space, an FHA 203(k) program may be the perfect financing option for you. Designed to eliminate unnecessary paperwork and simplify the financing process, an FHA 203(k) loan can take the guesswork out of purchasing or renovating a home. In the past, homebuyers would have to apply for multiple loans in order to purchase a fixer-upper. Now those loans are conveniently packaged in one FHA 203(k) loan.

While one-to-four family dwellings that are strictly being used for residential purposes are eligible for the loan, you may be wondering what makes you eligible for the loan. Are there minimum credit scores? Are first-time homebuyers eligible? How much cash should you have saved up? Whether you’re concerned about your FICO credit score or maximum loan amount, here are some 203(k) loan requirements that will make you 203(k) eligible.

Credit Scores

When it comes to taking out loans, whether it’s for a car or a home, your credit score will always come into play. Fortunately, it’s getting easier for homebuyers to get approved for an FHA-backed home loan. If you currently have at least a 620 FICO score and 3.5 percent down, you may be eligible for an FHA 203(k) loan. Additional requirements need to be  met for those whose FICO scores below 620.

First-Time Homebuyers

If you haven’t owned a home in the past three years, you would be considered a first-time homebuyer, and have a multitude of loan options made available to you – including the FHA 203(k) loan program. While 203(k) loan programs are a great financing option for first-time homebuyers, they are not limited to those who have never owned or a home. As long as you live in, or plan on living in, the home in question and meet all other FHA 203(k) requirements, you’re eligible for the 203(k) loan program – regardless of your home owning history.

While FHA loans are open to everyone, they’re often considered a first-time homebuyer program for a variety of reasons. First-time homebuyers don’t typically have much money for a down payment, and FHA loans only require a 3.5 percent down payment. Additionally, homebuyers with lower credit scores who may have difficulty being approved for other home loans may find themselves eligible for an FHA 203(k) loan.

FHA Limited K and Standard Consultant K Home Loans

CalStar Mortgage has two 203(k) loans available to the public: a Limited K Loan and a Standard Consultant K Loan. Depending on the severity and depth of your planned renovations, your home loan needs will fall into one of the two categories. Intended for homes that require less than $35,000 in repairs and updates, the Limited K Loan is ideal for homes without foundational or structural damages. The Consultant K Loan, on the other hand, is reserved for homes that require more than $35,000 in repairs. Regardless of the type of loan you’re interested in, contact us for more information about the differences between the FHA limited 203(k) and Standard Consultant K loan. Regardless of the type of loan you’re interested in, contact us for more information