Product Overview

To be used on Conventional loans for either required or optional repairs.

  • Repairs MUST be permanently attached to the property and add value.
  • May not be structural - exceptions are roofing and minor foundation repairs
  • MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOMES are now allowed with restrictions & Maximum repairs are limited to the lessor of $35k or 10% of appraised value + financed renovation fee's

Primary Homes

-1-4 Units

-620 FICO Minimum (660 High Balance)

-95% LTV 1 Unit

-80% LTV 2 Unit

-75% LTV 3-4 Unit

Second Homes and Investment Properties (MINIMUM LOAN AMOUNT- $30K)

-620 FICO Minimum (660 High Balance on Second Home only)

-1 Unit - 80% LTV Purchase Only (75% LTV Refinance)

-2-4 Unit Investment Properties now eligible (75% LTV purchase/refinance). Standard Conforming Loan amounts only, NO High Balance.

- Second Homes and Investment Properties are limited to 4 financed properties (Including Primary Residence) No Limit for Primary Residence.

- No Cash Out Allowed.

Reserve Requirements

  • Second home - minimum of 2 months
  • Primary and investment property - 2-4 unit properties require a minimum of 6 months reserves

Allowable Repairs or Renovations

  • Repairs/improvements must be permanently attached to property and add value
  • Cosmetic repairs only
    • "Built-in" kitchen appliances


-Conversion of 2-unit to 1-units

-Conversion of 1-unit to 2-unit by exception only. Borrower must have prior landlord experience or qualify without rental income

Renovation Cost Limits

  • Up to $35,000 in repairs/improvements
    • This includes the 10% contingency reserve
    • Loan amount calculation is Sales Price + Bid + Contingency Reserve ONLY
      • Renovation fees CANNOT be rolled into the loan amount unless it is a REFINANCE and LTV permits.

Note: If cost of renovations exceeds 35k, the Borrower/Seller is NOT allowed to pay the difference at closing from their own funds. If maximum amount is exceeded use HomeStyle Renovation program.

Contingency Reserve

A contingency reserve equal to 10% of the total costs of the repairs/improvements must be established and funded for all mortgages to cover required unforeseen repairs or deficiencies that are discovered during the renovation.

Contractor Validation

  • Contractor is selected by the borrower and approved by the lender
  • Contractor validation will be completed by the Renovation Department
  • Maximum of three (3) contractors
  • General Contractor is preferred but not required
  • Follow state and local requirements for licensing of contractor(s). If a general contractor is not licensed for work that requires a license (i.e. plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc.) obtain:
  • proof of the general contractor's liability insurance coverage of at least 2 times the total bid, OR
  • the license of the sub-contractor completing the work.
  • “Do-It-Yourself” Projects are NOT acceptable even if the Borrower is a licensed contractor.
  • Contractor on the project CANNOT be one of the following. (NO EXCEPTIONS):
    • Borrower
    • Borrower's employer
    • Members of Borrower's family
    • Seller
    • Realtor involved in transaction
    • Loan Officer involved in transaction

TEXAS PROPERTIES ONLY - It is important to remind the borrower that their contractor(s) will be required to attend closing


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