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One of the programs I wrote extensively about on this blog, and spent much of my time promoting while still active as a mortgage lender representative, is the FHA-insured 203k rehabilitation loan. Having said that, I recently came across a video on the subject of 203k mortgages which does a great job of promoting the program and I want to share it with you. Click the REbuild USA link below to watch the video:

REbuildUSA With 203k on NBC Miami

Here are my remarks on this video:

This video hits the nail on the head about the FHA-insured 203k program!
It manages to convey (in 4 minutes, 45 seconds) the true essence and real
benefits of the program, something I have been writing about for at least
3 years as of the time of this post. Thanks to Dennis & Teresa for putting
203k in the spotlight where, hopefully, more first-time home buyers and
qualified refinancing homeowners, will take advantage of the program.


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Home Construction & Renovation – April

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New Construction Loans driven by Cloud Technology!

This Trend is Good for Builders

The home building & remodeling industry is bouncing back. The busy throng of builders, realtors, construction trades people, lenders and other professionals at the Atlantic Builders Convention last month in Atlantic City was proof the market is showing positive signs of growth. In the two days I was there I had a chance to talk to some of the exhibitors about their products and services. An especially interesting conversation was with Schuyler Lovell, Sales and Marketing Manager for BuilderTrend.

BuilderTrend is an all in one cloud-based project management software for the home building and remodeling industry. This privately held software company has its headquarters in Omaha, NE. Founded in 2006, the company survived the housing crash in 2008 and is now a leader in the construction software industry with a proven track record of success.

With thousands of clients in 30 countries, BuilderTrend’s experience is firmly established. The company helps construction professionals communicate more effectively with subcontractors & suppliers regarding the building process while also keeping the homeowner in the loop on the progress. It has very useful features for managing selections and change orders. A fully integrated “all in one” system, it replaces multiple programs or systems builders often use for creating proposals, managing schedules and to-do lists, and making and tracking change orders.

BuilderTrend helps builders market and manage new business. The lead management function tracks client leads and creates proposals and bids for new projects. The builder can go online from anywhere and at anytime using their mobile phone or tablet to quickly send proposals to prospective clients. Accepted proposals can be saved and re-used for future business. For additional marketing support the company also offers website development and hosting services for home construction professionals. As a project management tool the software covers all stages of the construction life cycle. The scheduling tool can automatically update everyone involved in the project when any changes are made. It can manage purchase orders to reduce the possibility of errors and delays.

The BuilderTrend software package of services can be a game changer for construction professionals that may currently be using different systems to help manage their business. For 10 years this company has been helping both home builders and home improvement contractors operate a more efficient & productive business which in turn provides a better client experience. I also like their website, their demo videos and their quirky “about us” YouTube video. Check it out.

(I am not affiliated with or compensated in any way by this company. But I do like the company and think they have a very cool product.)

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Home Construction & Renovation in February

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Made in America – Residential Home Construction

Property construction in progress
New Construction project

Residential home construction, which includes knock-downs, major renovation and rehab, generates substantial local positive economic activity by creating income and new jobs for residents and additional revenue for local governments. Local construction has an immediate and sustainable positive impact on communities. In the coming years we can look forward to substantially benefiting from renewed growth in residential home construction. This is because the Tri-State metropolitan area will continue to be a desirable place where homeowners find good job opportunities, convenient shopping, excellent schools and many recreational choices. This metropolitan area is large enough and diverse enough to include the places where construction workers can live locally while pursuing similar goals and opportunities.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, the estimated one-year impact of building 100 single-family homes in a typical metropolitan area include $28.7 million in local income, $3.6 million in taxes and other revenue (permits & fees) for local governments, and 394 local jobs. Residential home construction also creates annually recurring positive economic activity. In established neighborhoods there is not much brand new construction, unless it’s a knock-down. Builders are typically renovating or rebuilding older existing homes.

The gentrification of an area, although controversial, creates sustainable positive economic activity as new homeowners participate in the local economy. Restaurants and local upscale boutique businesses typically follow or precede the increase in residential construction taking place in a gentrified neighborhood. Higher property taxes are expected as the value of newly renovated homes rise. I think any way you look at it, building or renovating a home is a quintessential Made in America product.

Unless someone is fortunate enough to have all the cash needed, almost all residential home construction projects, one way or another, are financed. A “one time close” construction to permanent mortgage makes financing easier and more affordable because there’s just one closing for both the construction loan and permanent mortgage. The homeowner can focus on their project with peace of mind knowing the construction loan and permanent mortgage are approved, the rate for both is set and details of financing each stage from start to finish has been worked out ahead of time.

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Arthur Aranda • NMLS #1042093
Construction & Renovation Loans
New Jersey, New York, Connecticut
201-741-1537 talk/text


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How Does a Construction to Permanent Mortgage Work?

  • A Construction-to-Permanent “one time close” mortgage loan involves only one application and one closing that covers both the construction phase and the permanent mortgage and has one rate set for both.
  • The construction phase of the loan has interest-only payments. The bank will set up a disbursement schedule which are the payments made to your builder as the work gets completed.
  • An initial loan disbursement is made at closing if you are also purchasing the property (land or a knock-down) on which to build.
  • If you have a loan on the property that you’re building on, the first disbursement of the construction loan will pay-off that loan before construction starts.
  • When the construction phase is complete the construction loan converts over to a permanent fixed-rate mortgage.

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Home Renovation Finance

The Real Estate And Mortgage Section management takes great pleasure in bringing to you, our readers, this informative article by Arthur Aranda. Mr. Aranda is a highly respected Home Construction & Renovation Mortgage Specialist who possesses a wealth of information about, and extensive knowledge in, residential New Construction mortgage loans, with special emphasis on Construction to Permanent loans. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Aranda by reading his first REAMS post. Thanks! Here is the article:


Home Renovation Finance

Homeowners can finance their renovation projects based on the appraised value of their homes, after the renovation is completed. In some cases, personal funds may not be needed for the construction costs. This unique feature of a “one-time-close” Construction to Permanent mortgage leverages the home’s future equity created by a major renovation or gut rehab construction project.

Here’s a brief overview of how it works. Let’s say the current appraised home value is $300,000 with a $200,000 mortgage balance. The homeowner plans a major home renovation with a $200,000 budget. A home equity loan would generally only provide $70,000 which is 90 per cent of the $300,000 appraised value minus the $200,000 mortgage.

If the appraised home value – after renovation – is $500,000, they may be able to qualify for a $400,000 Construction to Permanent mortgage which is 80 per cent of the home’s future appraised value. At loan closing the first draw would pay off their $200,000 mortgage balance, leaving $200,000 available for the construction. When construction work is completed the $400,000 loan converts to a permanent fixed rate mortgage at a rate that was set months earlier at time of application.

There’s a caveat however. The future appraised home value must cover construction costs, plus any existing mortgages; but this doesn’t always happen because a renovated home value may not appraise for the amount needed ($500,000) to cover the new mortgage, so the homeowner would need to use some of his/her personal funds.

Even when the entire construction budget can be financed based on the future appraised value, personal funds would still be needed to cover closing costs and typically, five per cent of the construction budget must be set aside as reserves to cover cost overruns. The lender will provide a Good Faith Estimate of closing costs and calculate reserve requirements so that the borrower will be prepared upfront for how much of their personal funds will be needed.

Each Construction to Permanent mortgage is structured to meet the needs of a homeowner’s specific renovation project. The lender will review a borrower’s income and overall financial condition to determine the qualifying loan amount. Generally a credit score of 680 or better is required; and for larger loan amounts a higher credit score may be needed.

Homeowner interested in this type of financing should talk to a construction lender early on in order to understand the process from application to funding, and to determine what documents will be needed for an expedient loan approval. They should also have some idea of what their home will be worth after the renovation. A good starting point for checking home values is a Zillow home price estimate (Zestimate). Currently, the national accuracy of a Zestimate is about 8 percent of the final sales price of a home.

Homeowners can also talk to real estate professionals, either agents or appraisers, who know the market in more details and can provide advise on how major home improvements will affect value. An independent real estate appraiser hired by the lender will review construction plans to determine the home value after renovation is completed.

A major home renovation project can be a complex process; but a one-time close Construction to Permanent mortgage can help make the financing simple and more affordable. Homeowners can focus on their home renovation with peace of mind; knowing that both the construction financing and the permanent mortgage are approved, the rate is set and the details of financing each stage from start to finish has been worked out ahead of time.

By Arthur Aranda

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