FHA construction To Permanent loans in 2018 are a great option for those who want to buy a home but aren’t interested in purchasing existing construction properties. If having a home built for you sounds better than buying one that already exists, the FHA Construction-To-Permanent loan, also known as an FHA One-Time-Close loan, might be right for you.
FHA Construction To Permanent Loan Requirements
The basic credit qualifying guidelines for FHA One-Time Close mortgages may vary more among participating FHA lenders. You may find a minimum FICO score requirement of 620 or higher depending on the lender, and in some cases you may learn that a lender has a minimum FICO score benchmark of 660 or better and that two FICO scores may be required.
Credit requirements can be higher for this type of loan, so it’s best to prepare accordingly. The usual advice about not having any late or missed payments 12 months leading up to your home loan application is excellent, but borrowers should know that it’s a very good idea to assume that higher standards will apply at application time.
To get ready for a construction loan, it’s good to work hard on reducing debt-to-income ratios, avoid applying for new lines of credit, and pay close attention to your credit report to avoid delays because of errors, outdated information, or other problems.
Not all lenders will support One Time Close construction loans for all eligible property types. Some participating FHA lenders may approve these loans for modular or manufactured homes, while others may only allow construction loans for “stick-built” housing which is what typical suburban homes are. Check with your chosen FHA lender to see what options are available to you in this area. You may also find restrictions on the number of living units allowed for such projects.
Escrow Account Requirements
Escrow accounts are required for FHA One-Time Close mortgages in order to pay and track funds paid to contractors, inspectors, etc. State law and lender requirements will have a say in how your escrow account is to be set up and managed. It’s best to learn the requirements and procedures for these transactions before you apply for the loan so you can make the most informed decisions possible going forward.
The home you have built with an FHA construction loan will be required to meet local, state, federal, and FHA guidelines. The home will be inspected as a condition of loan approval, and any required corrections may warrant an additional compliance inspection.
Anticipate these expenses in your pre-application budget and planning stages; it’s never safe to assume that there won’t be issues that need correction just because the home has been built from the ground up; regulatory changes, new legislation, and other factors may affect any construction project including yours.
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Please note that the FHA One-Time Close Construction Program only allows for single family dwellings (1 unit) – and NOT for multifamily units (no duplexes, triplexes or fourplexes).
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 credit score and/or the Co-borrower’s credit score, if known. 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, the down payment is $0 up to the maximum VA lending limit for your county. If not, the FHA down payment is 3.5% up to the maximum FHA lending limit for your county.