If you are a DIY-er, CHFA understands that your dream home may not be move-in ready. FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation mortgages allow first-time homebuyers to take advantage of below-market interest rate loans that cover costs of purchasing and making full or limited renovations to your dream home. This program may also be used to finance abandoned or foreclosed properties. There are two types of loans, Standard or Limited, depending on the estimated cost of renovations.
If you are not a first-time homeowner, or have owned a home in the past three (3) years, you may still be eligible for a CHFA loan if you plan to purchase in an area of the state targeted for revitalization, known as a Targeted Area. (You may not own any other property at the time of loan closing)
Applicants purchasing a home in a Targeted Area should follow the income limits for "Targeted Areas" reflected on the CHFA Income, Sales Price Limits, Target Area chart.
- You will be required to attend a free Homebuyer Education class prior to closing. The class will help you understand the home-buying process and offer tips for maintaining your new home. Classes are held online and at locations across Connecticut.
- Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Veteran Administration (VA) or USDA-(RD) mortgage insurance will be required.
- After closing on your loan, the funds for home repairs will be held by your lender in a separate escrow account. Your lender will handle all payments to the contractor and manage a contingency reserve of up to 20% of the rehabilitation costs. Any unused funds will be applied to the principal balance of your loan.
To apply for the 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage Program contact one of these CHFA- Participating Lenders: