With more people spending time at home than ever before, many people are wondering how they can go about changing the way the home is laid out. This can be an expensive project, which is why many people are interested in getting a home improvement loan.
With many people buying outdated houses, there are numerous projects that many homeowners want to finish; however, this process is not the same as applying for a mortgage. There are home equity lines of credit, cash-out refinance opportunities, and financing through the contracting company. How is the process of applying for a home improvement loan different, and what do homeowners need to know?
Gather The Right Information Before Tapping Into Home Equity
One of the most common ways homeowners complete projects is to tap into the equity in the home. Therefore, no matter what option someone chooses, they need to make sure they gather the right information. All homeowners must make sure they have a great credit score before pursuing this option. Homeowners have the right to check their credit score once per year free of charge. They also need to have documents that verify their income, as lenders will want to take a look at someone’s debt to income ratio. Other forms of debt include car payments, credit card debt, and student loans.
Compare The Cost Of The Loan Options
Next, homeowners need to take a look at the cost of each loan. There are home equity loans, home equity lines of credit (HELOCs), and cash-out refinances. The interest rates on these loans can vary depending on the market, and many of them will have closing costs as well. Homeowners need to take a look at the costs and the interest rate to figure out which option works best for them. Some of these loans have adjustable rates on them, which can make them risky, and some of these loans have limits that are dependent on the amount of equity in the home.
Fixer Upper Loans Are Available
Those who have purchased a home in dire need of repairs might qualify for a rehabilitation loan, which is a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) 203(k) rehabilitation loan. This provides funds for renovations and repairs that are necessary to restore a home. Consider all options available before deciding.Share
About the Author:Babak Moghaddam graduated from University of Southern California in 1985. He entered the mortgage industry as a compliance auditor at the Bank of New York in 1986 and completed his masters in Business Administration two years later. After seventeen years in the traditional mortgage banking world Babak finally transformed this vision into his own practice in 2002 when he formed Charter Pacific Lending Corp, a mortgage company that has provided over $900 Million in residential real estate loans throughout Southern California. Babak and his team do things a little differently than other mortgage providers. They work as financial advisors, because they have come to realize that a mortgage is a very powerful financial tool. And just like any other financial tool, it should be managed as part of the overall financial management plan to reach every home owner’s long and short-term financial goals much faster. You can contact Babak for a free consultation and strategy session at (800) 322-1217 X103.