First time home buyer, good credit, Im looking into a property with a homepath renovation loan option.

Asked by lprockgirl, Vero Beach, FL Mon Sep 24, 2012

What do I need to know about this loan, and are they fairly easily approved?

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Beverly Howe, Agent, Naples, FL
Mon Oct 8, 2012
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Stephen McRo…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Tampa, FL
Tue Sep 25, 2012

Too many people watch these TV shows and then want to go play rehab contractor and put themselves thru 18 months of wishing they had not.

People go out and buy these abused / junk houses, spending a bunch of time, effort, money and massive headaches to bring a money pit up to speed only to find that in the end, they have a house that is no better than a nice one they could purchased without all the hassels.

Use a 97% or 95% LTV purchase loan with NO PMI, closing cost paid for you and not be pinholed to a few Homepath properties.

see programs at

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Michele Cost…, Agent, Vero Beach, FL
Mon Sep 24, 2012
The best approach is to get you in touch with a Fannie Mae lender and have them evaluate what you would qualify for in terms of loan amount and go from there. Do you have a specific property in mind? Are you already working with another realtor? If not, I would be happy to assist you in purchasing your first home in my hometown. Michele McAfee Glowth, 5th Generation Vero Beach Resident, Broker Associate, The Lafferty Group Real Estate and Consulting, 772-696-0052,,
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James Belang…, Agent, Sebastian, FL
Mon Sep 24, 2012
Yes they are I have a couple of lenders that I work with that do the Fannie Mae Renovation loans. you should probably get Pre-Qualified before honing in on a specific property... Contact us if you would like our lenders information...
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Rita Curry T…, Agent, Vero Beach, FL
Mon Sep 24, 2012
Click the following link for additional information about the Homepath Renovation loans: and select Homepath renovation loan tab.

One of the Mortgage Brokers I work with told me Wells Fargo is the best source for this loan. I would be happy to assist you further. Please give me a call if you are interested.
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James Belang…, Agent, Sebastian, FL
Mon Sep 24, 2012
Homepath Renovation loans are a great way to get into a home needing repair with little down payment.... You will need to have a 640 ish credit score to qualify..... we have a pretty good inventory of Fannie Mae Renovation approved properties on the market in Indian River County.. if you would like us to email you the listings for the Homes that meet your criteria, Please call us and we will set up a search and get you started find a New Home!
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Margo / Marg…, Agent, Vero Beach, FL
Mon Sep 24, 2012
Hello, you can go to for additional info on HomePath financing, or call me at 772-978-0200 or 772-360-6671, I work with Fannie Mae Home Path properties and can help you, Thank you, Margo
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Stephen McRo…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Tampa, FL
Mon Sep 24, 2012

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Do yourself a favor and buy a decent re-sale instead.

See the loan programs at:

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Jeff and Gin…, Agent, Vero Beach, FL
Mon Sep 24, 2012
Homepath renovation loans are terrific for buying and renovating Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac insured homes. However, these loans still require good credit for approval.

We have several excellent mortgage sources for you. Please feel free to contact us.
Ginny Mitchell
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