First-time home buyers aren’t always looking for a pre-existing home. Some want to have a house built to suit according to design plans they have personally approved. The FHA One-Time Close construction loan is an excellent option for those who want to build a home instead of having to scour the housing market for just the right property.
It’s good to explore FHA mortgage loan options in this area by asking a participating lender about the FHA One-Time Close (OTC) construction loan which allows a single loan application and a single closing date instead of the more traditional construction loan which features two loan applications and closing dates.
One closing date is for the construction phase and there is also a second loan and closing date for the mortgage itself. Compare features between the two types of construction loan (OTC versus the two-closing date type construction loan) to get an overview of how each program works.
If you want to explore construction loan options, there are several things to anticipate including a higher FICO score requirement from some participating lenders, and certain restrictions from certain lenders such as a requirement that the borrower not do her own work but use FHA-approved contractors instead.
You may find that One-Time Close loans are available for single-unit homes, but some lenders won’t allow multi-unit properties. Others may allow multiple unit homes but refuse to issue OTC loans for manufactured housing or modular homes.
These rules will vary depending on the lender. The basic FHA loan requirements themselves (as written by the FHA and HUD) are the same as for other mortgages; lender standards is where you may find the greatest variation in rules.
The best advice on FHA One-Time Close loans you can get is to aggressively shop around for the right lender for you-ask about the requirements for this kind of loan versus existing construction mortgages and compare features and options between FHA lenders carefully. What is possible at one financial institution may not be possible at another depending on circumstances.
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- Send your first and last name, e-mail address, and contact telephone 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 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.