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.
Learn More About FHA, VA and USDA One-Time Construction Close to Permanent / Single-Close Construction Loans
One-Time Close Loans are available with VA, FHA and USDA Mortgages. We have relationships with several large Mortgage Banking firms who specialize in these loans which also go by the following names: 1 X Close, Single-Close Loan or OTC Loan.
Our extensive research on these programs and their guidelines allow us to educate potential home buyers who want to explore purchasing a newly constructed home versus purchasing a resale home while utilizing the same down payments for each product type.
We are constantly updated on these programs and have extensive knowledge on VA (Department of Veterans Affairs), FHA (Federal Housing Administration) and USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) One-Time Close Construction programs.
We speak directly to the licensed lenders that originate these residential loan types in most states. They are qualified mortgage loan officers who work for lenders that know the product well. Each company has supplied us the guidelines for their product.
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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 multifamily units (no duplexes, triplexes or fourplexes). Home types include: Site-Built, Modular or Manufactured Homes.
In addition, the following are “NOT” allowed under these programs:
Kit Homes – Steel Framing Kits, Barndominiums, Log Cabin Homes, Shipping Container Homes, Stilt Homes, Solar or Wind Powered Homes.
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- Send your first and last name, e-mail address, and good contact number.
- Tell us the city and state of the proposed property.
- 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.
- Are you or your spouse (Co-borrower) eligible veterans? If either of you are eligible veterans, the down payment is $0 up to the maximum amount that the debt ratio will allow – there are no maximum loan amounts as per the Department of VA. Most lenders will go up to $750,000. If not, the FHA down payment is 3.5% up to the maximum FHA Lending Limits for your county and the USDA down payment is $0 and based on maximum income.