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What Is The FHA One-Time Close Construction Program? Part One

What is the FHA One-Time Close / Single-close construction program? Who is it meant for? These are questions with important answers for potential FHA borrowers who are interested in applying for an FHA mortgage to have property built for them instead of buying an existing construction property.

One-Time close mortgages are construction loans that differ from standard construction loans in that there is a single closing date for the loan rather than the traditional two closing dates. The borrower saves money on a one-time close loan thanks to the single loan for construction costs, land purchase, and the typical expenses associated with a home loan.

These savings work in ways you might not expect. One advantage of this type of construction loan is that the lender and borrower arrive at a mortgage loan interest rate lock commitment for the mortgage earlier than they might with the old “two loan system” for FHA construction loans. That protects a borrower from possible higher interest rates later down the line, saving money over the lifetime of the mortgage with a fixed-interest rate home loan.

One-Time Close loans feature a closing date that occurs before construction begins on the home. Funds are disbursed multiple times during the course of the construction, and the construction project is monitored to insure progress. Borrowers should know that One-Time Close FHA loans require additional waiting time depending on the nature and duration of construction, inspections, etc.

FHA One-Time Close mortgage loans are more complex than typical FHA loans or FHA refinance loans for a suburban home because of the nature of the mortgage.

Under the old “two-loan” system for building and buying a new property, the borrower had to qualify for a loan twice. This is not the case with an FHA One-Time Close loan, where the borrower qualifies for one loan.

That loan has two phases-a construction phase, and a “permanent” phase. The construction portion of the FHA loan allows money to be paid for the construction of the property without the lender’s intervention. During the construction phase, the borrower is not required to make any mortgage payments. Once the permanent phase of the loan begins, the borrower will begin to make her mortgage payments the same as with any typical home loan.

Want More Information About One-Time Close Loans?

One-Time Close Loans are available for FHA, VA and USDA Mortgages.  These loans also go by the following names: 1 X Close, Single-Close Loan or OTC Loan.

We have done extensive research on the FHA (Federal Housing Administration), the VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) and the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) One-Time Close Construction loan programs. We have spoken directly to licensed lenders that originate these residential loan types in most states and each company has supplied us the guidelines for their products. We can connect you with mortgage loan officers who work for lenders that know the product well and have consistently provided quality service. If you are interested in being contacted by a licensed lender in your area, please send responses to the questions below. All information is treated confidentially.

FHANewsblog.com provides information and connects consumers to qualified One-Time Close lenders in an effort to raise awareness about this loan product and to help consumers receive higher quality service. We are not paid for endorsing or recommending the lenders or loan originators and do not otherwise benefit from doing so. Consumers should shop for mortgage services and compare their options before agreeing to proceed.

Please note that investor guidelines for the FHA, VA and USDA One-Time Close Construction Program only allows for single family dwellings (1 unit) – and NOT for multi-family units (no duplexes, triplexes or fourplexes). In addition, the following homes/building styles are not allowed under these programs:  Kit Homes, Barndominiums, Log Cabin Homes, Shipping Container Homes, Stilt Homes, Solar (only) or Wind Powered (only) Homes.

Your email to onetimeclose@fhanewsblog.com authorizes FHAnewsblog.com to share your personal information with a mortgage lender licensed in your area to contact you.

  1. Send your first and last name, e-mail address, and contact telephone number.
  2. Tell us the city and state of the proposed property.
  3. Tell us your and/or the Co-borrower’s credit profile: Excellent – (680+), Good – (640-679), Fair – (620-639) or Poor- (Below 620). 620 is the minimum qualifying credit score for this product.
  4. Are you or your spouse (Co-borrower) eligible veterans? If either of you are eligible veteran’s, down payments as low as $0 may be available up to the maximum amount your debt-to-income ratio VA will allow – there are no maximum loan amounts as per VA guidelines.  Most lenders will go up to $750,000 and review higher loan amounts on a case by case basis.   If not, the FHA down payment is 3.5% up to the maximum FHA lending limit for your county.
Bruce Reichstein - FHA News Author

By Bruce Reichstein

June 26, 2017

Bruce Reichstein has spent over three decades as an experienced FHA and VA home loan mortgage banker and underwriter where he was responsible for funding “Billions” in government backed mortgage loans. He is the Managing Editor for FHANewsblog.com where he educates homeowners on the specific guidelines for obtaining FHA guaranteed home loans.

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