Mortgage Broker or Lender, Laguna Niguel, CA
When it comes to selecting a 203(k) contractor usually it's the borrower who is doing the researching. Sometimes they'll look to lenders for recommendations, but anytime I do a 203(k) loan the homeowner/homebuyer already has their contractors selected. I've selected all of my contractors by either referrals from friends/family or reading reviews (Yelp, Angie's List, etc.). Lenders do not have "approved contractor lists" since any contractor has the potential to be acceptable if they have the right paperwork (license, resume, insurance), but if they did then that would be a good way for you to get your name in front of people. Since real estate agents are the ones who will often help a homebuyer figure out what needs fixing or not, you may want to consider joining the local Board of Realtors so you can make some connections that way. Hopefully others will chime in and give you some tips.