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Energy Efficient Mortgages for Huntsville Real Estate

By: Huntsville Real Estate Expert Mike Manosky On November 17, 2009

If you’re looking to buy Huntsville real estate, you’re probably already looking at mortgage possibilities as well. Since many buyers are also looking for energy efficient options, I thought it only right that I brought EEMs (Energy Efficient Mortgages) and EIMs (Energy Improvement Mortgages) to your attention. 

earthWhat are EEMs and EIMs?

An EEM adds a home’s energy efficiency into the mortgage, giving you the ability to finance energy efficient measures as part of the mortgage payment. One of the good things about an EEM is that it stretches the debt-to-income qualification ratio, which means that you can qualify for a larger loan and a more energy efficient home. 

An EIM is for existing Huntsville real estate that you plan to make energy efficient improvements to. You can include the cost of the improvements into the mortgage without raising the down payment. In addition, whatever you save in utility costs from the improvements can go to finance more improvements. 

Qualifications

If you’re trying to qualify for an EEM or EIM, you’ll need to have a home energy rating conducted first. This is to give you an estimated Energy Savings Value – the value of the measures and the estimated monthly energy savings. 

Types of Energy Mortgages

There are several types of energy mortgages available: 

  • Conventional – sponsored by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, these EEMs give the Fannie Mae approved lender the ability to raise your income, matching a dollar for each estimated dollar gained through efficiency.
  • FHA – Lenders can add 100% of the cost of improvements to an approved FHA loan, up to $4,000 or 5% of the home value (maximum of $8,000). FHA loan limits won’t stop you from getting the EEM. You can find out more about the FHA EEMs on their website.
  • VA – Veteran’s Administration EEMs cap energy improvements at $3,000 to $6,000, and are for buying existing Huntsville real estate. If you’re a qualifying reservist, veteran or military personnel, you can find more information on the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs website.
  • Last but not least, there is the Energy Star mortgage pilot program. Currently, it is only available in a few states, but it’s growing to include others. 

If you’re interested in making energy efficient improvements to an existing home or buying a home that’s already energy efficient, I strongly recommend that you look into EEMs and EIMs. 

If you’re looking for an energy efficient home or one you can make energy efficient, I can help. Call me at 800-803-0053, 256-508-0211 or email me at mike@movetohuntsville.com for more information.

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