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Home Improvement Loan Requirements & Application

A loan using a licensed contractor for residential or rural homestead property (single or duplex) as security for new additional construction, maintenance, modernization or permanently affixed equipment.

1. Maximum Amount of Loan for any One Member:

100% of the appraised value less any current unpaid lien balances of record on the date. Note: minimum of loan shall not be less than $10,000.00.

2. Trade Area Restrictions: State of Texas.

3. Specific Documentation needed for Credit Union to process loan:

  • Signed and completed application. Choose from one of the following: Online Loan Application or Paper Loan Application, with Disclosure Statement and HMDA form.
  • Name, business name, address and telephone number of Contractor.
  • Itemized bid of work to be performed with total estimated cost clearly indicated.
  • Copy of Deed of Trust or Warranty Deed to property for legal description.
  • Verification of amount owed on any 1st, 2nd or 3rd mortgages.
  • Copy of your present hazard (homeowners) insurance policy and Flood insurance (if required).
  • Employment/Income Verification - current pay stub or 2 years complete IRS Tax returns.

Note: No loan may be advanced before the three day waiting period (Sunday and holidays are not included). Options for closing your loan: In an office of Synergy FCU, Real Estate Attorney’s office or Title company.

4. Collateral Requirements:

Lien contract on Homestead property, Contract for Improvements with Assignment of Contractor’s Lien and List of Subcontractors and Suppliers, Real Estate Lien Note and Deed of Trust.

5. Appraisal Requirements: (will be ordered by Credit Union)

Fees may apply. An independent appraisal will be required by a certified appraiser with photographs of the property.

6. Insurance Requirements:

The homeowner needs to provide a copy of the Declaration page to show evidence of fire and extended coverage as well as additional coverage, such as Flood/Windstorm insurance (if required). It must be equal to the loan value or actual cash value of any other liens combined with the amount advanced under this note prior to loan funding.

7. Closing Costs:

Member is responsible for all closing costs, to include, but not limited to, a certified appraisal, exterior inspection/AVM value report, title policy and or title lien search and survey, if required. Document and recording fees apply. All affidavits needed to perfect Synergy FCU’s lien on collateral will be charged to member.

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