Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) has made it easier for home buyers purchasing a rehab to borrow the money for needed repairs.
For mortgage loans that close on or after Feb. 1, 2007, VHFA will now allow the total cost of repairs to be included in the mortgage loan as long as those costs do not exceed the lesser of $25,000 or 25 percent of the purchase price which must include a 10 percent contingency. For loans that meet specific requirements, VHFA will purchase loans from lenders with an outstanding escrow for those repairs.
Eligible repair items include: items to complete the property, increase living space, construct a garage (maximum two-car), correct structural issues, bring property up to building codes or standards, correct or add needed safety features, repair or modernize mechanical and/or plumbing systems or fixtures and to repair or improve internal or external surfaces.
Contact me for more information on this program at 800-659-1819 #103