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Where Do You Get the Money for Fixer Uppers?
For most people, seeking financing for fixer upper ventures will prove to be one of the hardest things to consider. Some of those that have been able to save up might consider plunking in their savings into such a venture.
However, this would be tantamount to putting all your eggs in one basket. If you lose the basket, there goes your future. And that would be financial suicide, by any measure.
If you are looking for good financing schemes for your fixer upper here are a few good alternatives.
1. Housing Loans – The US Department of Housing and Urban Development 203 (k) rehabilitation mortgages is one of the best solutions if you are looking for a single, low-interest solution to purchasing and fixing up a home property with one loan. This is a great alternative to taking out multiple higher interest loans that could cripple your finances – you can instead have just one loan that is decidedly easier to pay off.
While this is a great alternative to other loans and mortgages, it does have guidelines. For one, it is subject to guidelines submitted by the Federal Housing Administration – these guidelines may also vary from state to state.
An example of these guidelines state that for a property to be eligible for this loan, it has to at least have improvement costs of at least 00 for a one-to-four condominium or family residence unit. After eligibility, the loan then becomes available with wonderfully low interest rates for terms as long as 30 years!
And to top this, you will only have to pay about 3 percent downpayment if you are an owner or occupier, and 15 percent if you are an investor. It is also available is you want to finance the repair not only of properties you don't own yet, but properties that are already in your fold as well.
2. Other lending instruments – You could also use any number of lending instruments available to you. Mortgages or second mortgages are common among those that purchase fixer uppers. Some also pay visits to their banks for loans.
In some cases, seller financing provides a better alternative to other loans. Other property managers themselves can finance the purchase of their own property, with you plunking down as little as 5 percent of the total price. This method is more amenable to people than having to pay the whole thing out of their own pocket immediately.
In any case, on should find a financial instrument that is acceptable and payable in agreeable terms since not all available financing options are practical or useful for your purpose. You should keep a look out for low-interest, long-term loans that are available.
Of course, such attractive loans are only available on certain conditions. And to get the better deals, you will have to fall under attractive brackets.
3. Getting Better Loans – If you want nice, low-interest, long-term or short-term financing, you will have to be an attractive client to most banks. For you to fall under the ‘attractive client’ bracket, you will have to have your financial house in order.
If you have bad credit history – having debts left and right and defaulting on previous loans, then you will probably have trouble getting good loans. For such dire situations, the only opportunities that present themselves at this point will be high-interest loans.
While some people will be glad to have someone offer a loan at this rate, you should always remember that every percent counts. And that every percent could very well spell a few more hundred or even thousands of dollars in payments yearly. You, in the eyes of lenders will have become a high-risk client, which warrants the increase in interest you will be experiencing.
The best way to get attractive loans is to get your financial house in order before setting out for available financing. Without such measures, you will end up with financing that may be too hard to handle.
In a nutshell, the best way to get into the good graces of the lenders is to pay off existing debts (or to at least settle with previous lenders for a payment plan), and to avoid getting into new debt immediately.
There are many forms of financing available, each with its own idiosyncrasies. Study all the terms of these loans before entering into them and learn how each one fits your current financial situation before considering any one of them.
About the Author: The above article was written by Sarah Miller on behalf of Home and Room Additions Contractors, an online homeowner resource and advice site on do-it-yourself home addition projects of all types.