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Homestar Financial Corp.
249 W Shadburn Ave.
Buford, GA 30518

Main: (678) 513-0117
Fax: (678) 513-0119

NMLSR: #70864
Florida ML: #MLD275
North Carolina: #L-143335
Branch NMLS: #378170
Georgia Residential Mortgage Licensee #55900, Branch #25920 MLO

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The 203k Process

  1. Homebuyer Locates the Property
  2. Preliminary Feasibility Analysis: After the property is located, the homebuyer and their realtor should make a marketability analysis prior to signing the sales contract to determine:

    The extent of the rehab work required, The rough cost estimate of the work, The expected market value of the property after completion of the work, the borrower does not want to spend money for appraisals and repair plans and then discover that the value of the property will be less than the purchase price or existing indebtedness, plus the cost of improvement.
  3. Sales Contract is Executed: A provision should be included in the sales contract that the buyer has applied for Section 203(k) financing, and that the contract is contingent upon loan approval and the buyer's acceptance of additional required improvements as determined by HUD or the lender.

    The Purchase Contract must include the following: "The Buyer understands and agrees to include any/all additional repairs that may be required by the lender, appraiser and/or FHA/HUD Consultant."
  4. Homebuyer Prepares Work Write-up and Cost Estimate: A consultant can help the buyer prepare the exhibits to speed up the loan process. If a plan reviewer is the consultant, step 7 can be skipped and the exhibits can go directly to the appraisal stage.
  5. Lender Requests HUD Case Number: Upon acceptance of the architectural exhibits, the lender requests the assignment of a HUD case number, the plan reviewer, appraiser, and the inspector.
  6. Plan Reviewer Visits Property: The homebuyer and contractor (where applicable) meet with the plan reviewer to ensure that the architectural exhibits are acceptable and that all program requirements have been properly shown on the exhibits.
  7. Appraiser Performs the Appraisal
  8. Lender Reviews the Application: The appraisal is reviewed to determine the maximum insurable mortgage amount for the property.
  9. Issuance of Conditional Commitment / Statement of Appraised Value: This statement is issued by the lender and establishes the maximum insurable mortgage amount for the property.
  10. Lender Prepares Firm Commitment Application: The borrower provides information for the lender to request a credit report, verifications of employment and deposits, and any other source documents needed to establish the ability of the borrower to repay the rehab loan.
  11. Lender Issues Firm Commitment: If the application is found acceptable, the firm commitment is issued to the borrower. It states the maximum mortgage amount that HUD will insure for the borrower and the property.
  12. Mortgage Loan Closing: After issuance of the firm commitment, the lender prepares for the closing of the mortgage. This includes preparation of the Rehab Loan Agreement. The Agreement is executed by the borrower and the lender in order to establish the conditions under which the lender will release funds from the Rehab Escrow Account. Following closing, the borrower is required to begin making mortgage payments on the entire principal amount for the mortgage, including the amount in the Rehab Escrow Account that has not yet been disbursed.
  13. Mortgage Insurance Endorsement: Following loan closing, the lender submits copies of the mortgage documents to the HUD office for mortgage insurance endorsement. HUD reviews the submission and, if found acceptable, issues a Mortgage Insurance Certificate to the lender.
  14. Rehab Construction Begins: At loan closing, the mortgage proceeds will be disbursed to pay off the seller of the existing property and the Rehab Escrow Account will be established. Construction may begin. The homeowner has up to six (6) months to complete the work depending on the extent of work to be completed (lenders may require less than six months).
  15. Releases from Rehab Escrow Account: As construction progresses, funds are released after the work is inspected by a HUD-approved inspector. A maximum of four draw inspections plus a final inspection are allowed. The inspector reviews the Draw Request that is prepared by the borrower and contractor. If the cost of rehab exceeds $10,000, additional draw inspections are authorized provided the lender and borrower agree in writing and the number of draw inspections is documented on HUD’s 203(k) Maximum Mortgage Worksheet.
  16. Completion of Work/Final Inspection: When all work is complete according to the approved architectural exhibits and change orders, the borrower provides a letter indicating that all work is satisfactorily complete and ready for final inspection. If the HUD-approved inspector agrees, the final draw may be released, minus the required 10 percent holdback. If there is unused contingency funds or mortgage payment reserves in the Account, the lender must apply the funds to prepay the mortgage principal.