- Quick Facts
- Pros & Cons
- Occupancy & Property Type
- Income & Purchase Price Limits
- Key Features & Conditions
- Other Limitations
- Mortgage Insurance & Fees
- Similar Loan Programs
- Related Resources
Homebuyers can utilize a CHOICERenovation® Loan to refinance their existing mortgage and get funds for renovations and repairs. This conventional loan product from Freddie Mac also allows for renovations on 1-unit second homes and investment properties, and has higher loan limits than programs like the FHA 203(k) renovation loan. It is similar to Fannie Mae's HomeStyle® mortgage.
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Max Loan Amount
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 3% 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® Refinances are available in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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“While there are many ways to finance repairs and renovation costs, refinancing with a CHOICERenovation Mortgage is an important option to consider."
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
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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
- Any type of repair is eligible as long as it is permanently affixed
- 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: 3%
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.
CHOICERenovation® High-Balance Refinance
Best For: Large Loan Amounts, Home Renovations
Refinance above the conforming loan limits with funds for home improvements and repairs with this convenient and flexible renovation loan program.
Conventional Rate-and-Term Refinance
Best For: Flexible Terms, Rate Reduction, Easy Process
Popular refinancing option for loan amounts under the conforming loan limit. Flexible qualification and attractive benefits to qualified homeowners.
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