Home Improvement & Renovation Loans

Conventional

Type Best for Advantages
HomeStyle®
  • Older homes in established neighborhoods
  • Appraiser-required or borrower requested repairs that add value to the home
  • Appraiser-required or borrower requested repairs that add value to the home
  • Fewer costs by rolling repairs purchase/refinancing expenses into a single loan
EZ “C”onventional
  • Covers appraiser-required or borrower requested repairs
  • Finance small upgrades on a newly purchased home over a short period of time
  • Cosmetic, non-structural improvements
  • Creates dedicated account to cover costs of updates
  • Fewer costs by rolling updates and purchase/refinancing expenses into a single loan
Buyer/Seller Funded Repair Escrow
  • Borrower-requested repairs or other home updates that will determine final appraisal
  • Creates dedicated account to cover costs of updates
  • Funds can be provided by the buyer or seller
  • Fewer costs by rolling construction and purchase/refinancing expenses into a single loan
Jumbo Renovation
  • Covers appraiser-required or borrower requested repairs on high-priced luxury homes that valued over $424,100
  • Can be used for refinancing or home purchase
  • Covers a dedicated account to cover non-structural repairs up to $250,000
  • Fewer costs by rolling repair and purchase/refinancing expenses into a single loan
Pool Escrow
  • Adding a pool
  • Creates dedicated account to cover cost of pool construction
  • Fewer costs by rolling construction and purchase/refinancing expenses into a single loan
Weather-Related Escrow
  • Repairing weather damage
  • Making weather-realted or energy efficient upgrades
  • Creates dedicated account to cover cost of repairs or upgrades
  • Fewer costs by rolling construction and purchase/refinancing expenses into a single loan

Government-insured

Type Best for Advantages
FHAS 203k Full/Standard
  • Refinancing or buying older properties
  • Refinancing or buying a home requiring structural repairs or major renovation
  • Low down payment requirement on new home purchase
  • Low refinancing interest rates
  • Fewer costs by rolling repair and purchase/refinancing expenses into a single loan
FHA 203k Streamline
  • Refinancing or buying a home that needs updating or repairs
  • Cosmetic repairs, remodeling up to $35,000
  • Low down payment on new home purchase
  • Low refinancing interest rates
  • Less paperwork
  • Fewer costs by rolling repair and purchase/refinancing expenses into a single loan
HUD REO with Repair Escrow
  • Purchasing a foreclosure home
  • Foreclosed properties requiring minor repairs up to $5,000
  • Creates dedicated account to cover appraiser-required repairs
  • Fewer costs by rolling repair and purchase/refinancing expenses into a single loan
USDA Repair Escrow
  • Refinancing or buying USDA property that needs updating or repairs.
  • 100% financing for refinancing or home purchase in a USDA rural area
  • Creates dedicated account to cover repairs
  • Fewer costs by rolling repair and purchase/refinancing expenses into a single loan

If you want to buy a fixer upper or give your home a total makeover, we have you covered. A PrimeLending Home Loan Expert will help you decide which type of loan is the best match for your home purchase or renovation project. Contact us online or call 800-31-PRIME.

HomeStyle® 

To be used on conventional loans for both appraiser-required repairs and repairs the borrower wants done to the property. It can be used on second homes and investment properties. The repairs can be structural in nature or cosmetic, but they must be attached to the property and add value. The only time appliances (stove and dishwasher) may be included in the renovation is if there is a full kitchen remodel including cabinets and countertops and the appliances (stove and dishwasher) will need to be built in or attached to the property.
*HomeStyle® is a registered trademark of Fannie Mae.

FHA 203K Full 

This government-insured loan allows you to buy a home that’s in need of major repairs and/or renovations. The repairs can be structural and/or cosmetic in nature. An important benefit is you can buy a home and complete the repairs using just this loan. This loan offers fixed rates with only a 3.5% down payment required. The home must be your primary residence. The FHA 203K is also available for refinance transactions.

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FHA 203K Streamline [203K(s)] 

This is similar to the FHA 203K Full loan, but is more limited in its scope. The repairs can only be cosmetic in nature and are limited to a maximum of $35,000. Because the repair costs are smaller, there is less red tape to get the loan, which is why it’s called "streamline." These loans can also be used to refinance existing mortgages and rehab homes.

EZ "C"onventional 

To be used on conventional loans for both appraiser-required repairs or repairs the borrower wants done to the property. The repairs must be non-structural in nature (no exceptions) and they must be attached to the property and add value.

HUD REO with Repair Escrow 

This loan can be used on HUD REO listings only where the appraiser has required MPR (minimum property requirement) type repairs. These are loans for homes that failed to sell at a foreclosure auction, which have been claimed by the lender and put back up for sale. These homes are REO (real estate-owned property), for which HUD, (The Department of Housing and Urban Development), has paid off the mortgage.

Minimum Property / Appraiser / Underwriter Required Repairs 

To be used on FHA financed loans where the appraiser or underwriter has required MPR (minimum property requirement) type repairs.

Buyer / Seller Funded Repair Escrow 

Can be used on an FHA or conventional loan. Can also be used on a VA loan only if the seller is funding the repairs. Repairs do not have to be appraiser-required but the appraisal must be subject to those repairs being completed.

Pool Escrow 

Can be used on a conventional loan (finance or refinance) to include the cost of a new swimming pool.

USDA Repair Escrow 

To be used on a USDA-financed loan where the appraiser has required MPR (minimum property requirement) type repairs. For designated rural properties, they are guaranteed by the Department of Agriculture. Benefits include financing up to 100% of the purchase price and no monthly mortgage insurance premium.

Weather-Related Escrow 

Can be used on an FHA or conventional loan. These loans can also be used on a VA loan by exception only if the seller is funding the repairs. Repairs do not have to be appraiser-required but the appraisal must be subject to those repairs being completed.

Jumbo Renovation Loan 

To be used on a jumbo renovation loan for either appraiser-required repairs or repairs the borrower wants done to the property. The repairs must be non-structural in nature (no exceptions) and they must be attached to the property and add value.

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