Home Rehabilitation Resources

Minnesota Housing Homeownership Program

Make your dream of homeownership a reality with help from Minnesota Housing. Whether you’re a first-time buyer, repeat buyer, or want to refinance, there’s an affordable Minnesota Housing program that’s right for you. 

Why choose a Minnesota Housing loan?

  • Low, fixed interest rates for the life of the loan
  • Purchase and refinance options for first-time and repeat homebuyers
  • Downpayment and closing cost loans up to $17,000 for qualified borrowers
  • Exclusive 3% down conventional products with low-cost or no mortgage insurance
  • Works with industry standard products including FHA, VA, Conventional and Rural Development

Do you qualify?

Requirements vary based on program, and all borrowers must meet minimum credit score requirements. Visit the Minnesota Housing website for current information, including: 

  • Income limits
  • Home cost limits
  • Homebuyer education requirements

How to Get Started

Contact a participating lender.

Minnesota Housing Fix Up Loan Program

Tackle your home improvement to-do list without breaking your budget with a Fix Up Loan. 

Why choose a Fix Up loan?

  • Affordable, fixed interest rates, with lower rates for energy conservation and accessibility improvements
  • Loan amounts ranging from $2,000-$75,000
  • Secured and unsecured loan options
  • Higher loan-to-value ratio limits, making it possible to get a secured loan with minimal equity
  • Repayment terms up to 20 years, making monthly payment amounts affordable
  • Hire a contractor or do the work yourself

What you can do with the loan?

Repair, remodel and make energy saving improvements. Update your bathroom or kitchen. Replace your furnace, A/C, windows, or doors. Get new siding or roofing. Make accessibility improvements. There are so many options available with the Fix Up loan program!

Do you qualify?

  • You must own and occupy the property to be improved.
  • Single family homes, duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes are eligible.
  • Your gross income must be no greater than [insert max for area: $156,800 (11-county metro, Dodge and Olmsted Counties); $139,200 (All other counties)]. The income limit is waived if the improvement is being made for the accessibility of a family member who is disabled or for specific energy improvements.

How to Get Started

Contact a participating lender.

Community Fix Up Loan

Are you thinking about fixing up or remodeling your home? Or do you need help making necessary repairs to keep your house safe and comfortable? Exclusive to Oakdale residents through a partnership with Lake Elmo Bank and Minnesota Housing, the Community Fix Up Loan provides home improvement financing for general home repairs and replacement (siding, roofing, foundation, electrical, plumbing, windows) and systems replacement (heating and central air systems). Loans are income restricted and a limited number will be issued each year. 

For more information about project eligibility, contact: 
Jenni Blank, Lake Elmo Bank
651-748-2288
Email: jblank@lakeelmobank.com

Hiring a Contractor

If you are planning to hire a contractor to work on your home, first read through the Home Building and Remodeling Handbook produced by the Minnesota Attorney General’s office. The handbook will help you to be an informed consumer. The handbook provides guidelines for selecting a contractor and writing a home improvement contract, and highlights Minnesota’s mechanic’s lien law. Access the Home Building and Remodeling Handbook (PDF).

If you are considering a home improvement project, your first step should be contacting the Building Inspections Department by calling 651-739-5150, visiting Oakdale Building Inspection website or reading When is a Building Permit Required (PDF).

Remember to Get a Building Permit!