203k: You can, not only, finance the purchase price but you can also finance the improvements as well. This is great because you don't have to spend all of your liquid funds on those repairs. This can be on any home and the streamline offers $35,000 towards expenses for the repairs. There are guidelines for what types of repairs that qualify.
HOMEPATH: The other way is if the home is owned by Fannie Mae you can purchase it with the program's special terms: with low down payment (depends if you're purchasing for occupancy or for investment), with NO mortgage Insurance, no appraisal nor inspections are required. You can obtain both the appraisal and inspection if you'd like but neither are required for the program. You can find homes on http://www.homepath.com.
If you're interested in learning more about this OR if you need preapproved for any mortgage financing, in the State of Ohio, please call 888-659-3848 or if you'd rather you can apply online at http://kimlawsonloanofficer.com (no www.).
Best to you in your search,
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First Priority Financial, Inc.
"Where Open Minds Close More Home Loans"
748 N Court St Ste 201
Medina, OH 44256
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Stow is pretty great throughout but there are certain streets/locations you may prefer over another. The best thing to do is determine your price range, your wants in a home, pull together a list and get out and see them. This way you'll get a good feel of what's out there and you can judge the street/area and home at the same time.
Having a great buyer agent to represent you is key. We work with bank owned homes and have often times know of them coming to the market before they go on the MLS. Feel free to contact us anytime to start the process. We're 100% free to work with. We don't charge our buyers "processing fees" so you automatically save hundreds of dollars by working with us. We look forward to hopefully assisting you!
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