Buying a home that needs some attention can be a good choice for buyers who want to build up a lot equity through improvements. Some buyers are undaunted by a fixer. But they do require more work, planning, time, and patience. Financing the rehab can be confusing, but we have helped many buyers with this type of project. In the end it can yield very satisfying results if you are up for the challenge. Let’s look at the basics.

What is a 203k Loan?

An FHA rehab loan that lets you finance the home sales price and renovation cost with only 3.5% down. With a traditional FHA loan if you were buying a $100,000 house, your down payment would be 3.5% ($3,500) and you would be responsible for closing costs. The 203K Rehab Loan works almost the same way except that it allows you to finance renovation cost as well. If you found a $50,000 home that needed $50,000 of work, the 203K mortgage would allow you to make the same 3.5% ($3,500) down payment based off of the total $100,000 project cost.

The most important aspect of the process is finding a great contractor, experienced mortgage company, and knowledgeable realtor. And the right home, of course.

3412 Magnolia – Ripe for Rehab

Listed at $279,000, 3412 Magnolia is in a prime Tower Grove East location but in need of some TLC. The house has great bones, as you can see by the photos. With 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and over 3,400 square feet it has loads of potential. The after improved value of this home is between $425-465,000. However, it needs $125-150,000 worth of updating. If you are looking in the 400-500k range but cannot find what you are looking for, this is your chance to make the decisions and pick your finishes.


Contact us if you have questions about construction loans or about this home in particular. We have experience in this area and can recommend several additional resources to help with process. We love to see homes transformed!