May 11, 2021

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FHA One-Time Close Construction Mortgages For Dream Homes Part Two

FHA One-Time Close Construction Mortgages For Dream Homes Part Two

Why choose to build a home instead of buying an existing construction property with an FHA mortgage? Some borrowers simply don’t want the hassle of house hunting or can’t find the right existing property. In cases where an FHA borrower wants a home built for them, the FHA One-Time Close construction loan (OTC) can be a major help.

In a previous blog post, we started discussing why borrowers should choose an FHA construction loan over a conventional one. There are plenty of reasons including these:

Lower Down Payments

As with interest rates, FICO scores and other credit qualifications will play an important role in the down payment requirement you are given with FHA OTC mortgages. In general borrowers should expect to make a minimum down payment of 3.5%, but borrowers with FICO scores considered marginal may be asked to put 10% down.

Your participating lender will explain if that financial institution has other requirements of the down payment that are unique to FHA construction loans.

Credit History Counts

The usual credit rules apply for FHA One-Time Close mortgages, but your credit history is likely to get more scrutiny with an OTC loan. Don’t come to the application process with any late or missed payments (especially for housing-related costs) within the 12 months leading up to your loan paperwork.

The Ability To Choose All The Right Features Of Your New Home

There are plenty of financial reasons to consider an FHA OTC loan; one non-financial incentive is the ability to select just the right features, color schemes, layouts, and design of your dream home rather than trying to find an existing property that comes somewhere close. You will need to work with experts that may include architects and designers; take advantage of their expertise and learn how getting the home you really want will work.

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. 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.

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  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.

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