Are you considering a home improvement project but are running short of funds? Whatever you do, don’t be taken in by those online advertisers who claim that they can get you thousands of dollars of government grant money for your home improvement or renovation project. Chances are, they are looking for money themselves and are hoping that you will pay for the information that they promise to provide you.
The truth is, the Federal Government does not directly award money to individual homeowners in order to do home improvements. They do, however, fund a number of programs that enable homeowners to get the money that they need for home renovations more affordable than they would be able to otherwise. One of the primary sources of funding for these programs comes from the HUD’s 203(k).
What is the HUD 203(k)?
The HUD 203(k) is a program put in place by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that allows for the rehabilitation and repair of single family homes. Again, this is not designed as a program for lending directly to the home owner. Instead, it is a program that gives communities the money to be able to help home owners in the repairs and renovations that may be needed to bolster a particular area of the community.
How it works is that individual home owners go to lenders in the local community and ask for help, which is provided through this program. While the full cost of repairs is not given, it can significantly reduce the amount of money a home owner needs to put out in order to get the repairs that are needed. Keep in mind however, that this program is usually only available to those who live in specific areas of a community that are looking to be revitalized.
Another way to get the money you need for home renovations is another government program that funds what is known as the Reverse Mortgage.
What is a Reverse Mortgage?
A reverse mortgage is a program available for home owners aged 62 or older who have considerable collateral built up in their home. What this program does is to enable the home owner to tap into this collateral without having to sell their home. The chosen lender will provide them with the amount agreed upon either in one lump sum or in monthly or weekly payments. This money can be used for whatever is needed by the home owner, including necessary home repairs, improvements or renovations. The money does not have to be paid back in the lifetime of the home owner, and the amount does not come due until either the home owner dies or until they move out of the house, at which time the house can be sold and the amount of the loan paid back to the lender.
Yes, home improvements can be expensive, but with the governments programs and financial banking, it is now easier for home owners to make the repairs and renovations that they feel are necessary without breaking the bank.
For more information on HUD’s programs, please visit: HUD’s Home Improvements Federal Loan Programs