CHOICERenovation® High-Balance Refinance
- Quick Facts
- Pros & Cons
- Occupancy & Property Type
- Income & Purchase Price Limits
- Key Features & Conditions
- Other Limitations
- Mortgage Insurance & Fees
- Similar Loan Programs
- Related Resources
As of 2024, there are 150 US Counties considered "high cost" that have varying loan amount limits greater than the normal $766,550 for conventional loans. Homeowners can utilize a CHOICERenovation® Loan to refinance their existing home loan and including the cost of renovations/repairs with higher loan amounts in these counties. They are able to expand their refinancing power to include for larger loan balances and potentially larger renovation projects.
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CHOICERenovation® High-Balance Refinance
Min. Credit Score
Max Loan Amount
$816,500 - $1,149,825
Qualification variables shown here are for 1-Unit Primary Residences, and loan amount ranges vary based on US County. Register Now to see if this loan program is a good fit for you, find your county limits, and find more options for purchasing a home.
Pros & Cons
- As little as 5% equity in the home required to refinance
- Can be used for primary residences, second homes and investment properties
- Can be used for natural disaster recovery
- Cannot be used to demolish and rebuild
- Can only be used for single-unit second homes and investment properties
- Higher loan-to-value requirements for multi-unit primary residencies
Renovation Loan Analysis
Up to 75% of price or value
Your Estimated Renovation Fund
Renovation loans allow you to finance the cost of repairs and modifications into your home purchase or refinance. By registering for a free account , you can get a better idea of how much you could finance for renovating a home.
CHOICERenovation® High-Balance Refinances are available in 18 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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“If you are renovating in one of the designated US high-cost counties, you can utilize this program to refinance your existing loan."
Occupancy & Property Types
Qualification factors for this program can vary based on how you intend to occupy the property and what type of property you are purchasing. By registering for a free account , you can check program limits for all property and occupancy types.
Available Property Types for Primary Residence
Income & Purchase Price Limits
Your Debt-to-Income Ratio (DTI), as well as purchase price and income limits, are important factors when qualifying for a home loan program. By registering for a free account , you can find the exact program limits for this program and others in your area and for your unique scenario.
Purchase Price Limit
Qualification variables shown here are for 1-Unit Primary Residences, and loan limit ranges vary based on US County. Amounts may be rounded. Exact amounts can be accessed by registering for a free account.
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- Provides up to 75% of home's value after improvements towards renovations
- Renovation funds can be used for labor, materials, and soft costs
- Offers 15 & 30 year loan terms, as well as adjustable-rate options
- LTV is determined by dividing the original loan amount by the "as-completed" value
In some circumstances, there are specific requirements you must meet or homebuyer education courses you must attend in order to be eligible for the loan program.
No other program limitations
A Homebuyer Education Class is not required for this loan program.
Mortgage Insurance & Fees
Most mortgage programs require mortgage insurance when you are financing more than 80% of the purchase price or appraised value. Some programs may also have an associated funding fee, paid at the time of closing, or an annual fee. Learn all about the different fees here.
Required with less than 20% Down PaymentType: Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)
This program requires Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) if you are putting down less than 20% on the home you are purchasing or refinancing.
Type: No Funding Fee
This program does not have a funding fee.
Type: No Annual Fee
This program does not have an annual fee.
Estimated Closing Costs: 2.5%
These amounts are just an estimate. Your closing costs include things like loan origination fees, discount points, appraisal fees, title insurance, taxes, deed recording fees, and other charges.
Similar Loan Programs
If you think this home loan program may be a good fit for you, you may also want to check out the following programs that share many similarities with the current program.
Conventional High-Balance Rate-and-Term Refinance
Best For: Large Loan Amounts, Lowest Rates, Easy Process
Conventional refinancing above the conforming limit in high cost counties with flexible qualification for qualified homeowners.
CHOICERenovation® High-Balance Purchase Loan
Best For: Large Loan Amounts, Home Renovations
Include for home improvements in with a conventional loan above the conforming loan limit using this convenient and flexible program for renovations.
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