Affordable Home Improvement Financing for Shoreview Residents

Loans of up to $25,000 are available through the City of Shoreview to make improvements and repairs to homes, including energy efficiency upgrades. NeighborWorks Home Partners works with the city to administer this loan program.

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Program Guidelines

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Loan Amount: The maximum loan amount is $25,000.  Minimum loan amount is $2,000.

Interest Rate & Loan TermThe interest rate will be below market rate, and the monthly payment will be fixed.  Maximum loan term is 15 years.  The interest rate will be set by the City of Shoreview.  Loan is due upon sale, transfer of title, refinance or if the property ceases to be owner-occupied.

Loan SecurityAll loans will be secured by a mortgage in favor of the City of Shoreview.  The loan may be secured in a subordinate lien position behind other loans in accordance with the City’s loan subordination policy.  Applicant will be required to obtain title insurance on this loan for the City of Shoreview.

Borrower Eligibility:

  1. Credit: Standard underwriting criteria apply including review of a credit report.
  2. Debt to Income Limit: Borrower’s gross monthly debts cannot exceed 50% of gross monthly income.
  3. Current on Debt Payments: Borrower(s) must be current on any ongoing debt payments.
  4. Income Limit: The borrower(s)’ total gross annual household income cannot exceed 120%* of the Shoreview median household income, as follows:

Income Limit:

The total gross annual borrower income cannot exceed 120% of the area median household income.

Property Eligibility:

  • All properties must be owner-occupied
  • Single family detached and attached properties located within the City of Shoreview.
  • Condominiums & townhouses, however, only individual interior repairs are eligible.
  • Estimated market value as determined by Ramsey County property tax statement for the current year not to exceed 120% of the median value of a single family home in Shoreview which is $364,560**

**Estimated market value based on 2019 Ramsey County Property Tax Records median home value of $303,800.

  • The borrower’s combined mortgage debt including the Shoreview Loan cannot exceed 100% of the property value, based on the taxable market value as determined by Ramsey County for the current year. 80% of the amount of the Shoreview Home Improvement Loan will be added to the current value in making this calculation.  Applicants may also submit a third party appraisal or market analysis that has been completed within the last 6 months.  Such appraisal or market analysis is to be obtained by the applicant at their expense.
  • Borrower’s existing first mortgage must be a prime/A-rated fixed rate mortgage loan.
  • Properties that are governed by an active Homeowner’s Association must receive written approval for planned exterior improvements in accordance with the guidelines of this loan program and association by-laws and/or covenants.


Eligible Improvements:  Work shall include repairs, replacement and new construction that will:

  • Correct local or state code deficiencies, health and safety items
  • Improve value of the home (e.g. general home remodeling, home addition, etc.)
  • Improve accessibility
  • Reduce long-term energy costs


Ineligible Improvements: Landscaping, exterior site improvements, recreational/luxury improvements., working capital, debt service or refinancing of existing debts.




Homeowner Association By-Laws & Covenants: Loan applicants from single family attached or zero lot line detached homes with an active Homeowner’s Association will be required to provide written approval from the Homeowner’s Association certifying the exterior improvements to be funded through this loan program are permissible under governing by-laws and/or covenants of the association.

The City of Shoreview and representative agencies associated with the administration of this program are not liable or responsible for any violations of association by-laws and/or covenants by the applicant for improvements undertaken through this loan program.

Application Process:  Completed applications will be processed by NeighborWorks on first-come, first-served basis, as funds are available until all program funds are committed.  After loan approval, you will be contacted regarding a closing to sign a Promissory Note, Mortgage and subordination disclosure.

Loan Costs:  Borrowers will be charged a credit report fee at application.  The title policy fee may be financed through the loan.  The recording fees to Ramsey County and servicing fees will be paid by the borrower at closing.

Contractors & Permits:  Contractors must be properly insured and licensed by the State of Minnesota when required.  Permits must be obtained when required by city code. Two bids are required for work that exceeds $5,000.  Borrowers must attain required bids and can seek assistance from NeighborWorks in this process.

Work by Owner: Work can be preformed on a sweat equity basis.  Loan funds cannot be used to compensate for labor, only for materials. The NeighborWorks construction manager must determine that the owner has the ability to complete the work according to industry standards and within the program time requirements.  The cost of purchasing tools and equipment and the delivery of materials are ineligible expenditures.  Materials must be purchased and installed prior to the disbursement of loan proceeds.  When applicable, a signed building permit must be obtained by the borrower.  Please contact NeighborWorks to receive a Sweat Equity packet along with the application.

Total Project Cost:  It is the borrower’s responsibility to obtain the amount of funds necessary to finance the entire cost of the work.  If the final cost exceeds the loan amount, the borrower must obtain the additional funds.  Borrower’s contribution to project cost must be paid prior to release of loan funds.

Work Completion:  Weather permitting, work must be completed within 120 days of loan closing.

Disbursement Process:  Loan funds will remain in escrow with NeighborWorks until payment for completed work.  The following items must be received before the funds can be released:

  1. Final Invoice from each contractor showing all amounts paid and due.
  2. Lien Waiver signed by each contractor.
  3. Completion Certificate signed by each contractor and the borrower.
  4. Permits Closed. Have the inspector sign the permit card .
  5. Final Inspection. Approval by NeighborWorks Home Partners

Homeowners are required to attain and submit the above required documentation.  It may take up to 10 business days after receipt of above items to prepare checks.

Program Disclaimer: The City of Shoreview and the Shoreview EDA maintain the right to at any time to change or discontinue the Shoreview Home Improvement Loan.  The potential changes may impact the maximum/minimum loan amount, loan term, interest rate, and/or qualifications for borrower, property and improvement eligibility.


                   Effective Date: August, 2018



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