The FHA and HUD have announced higher FHA loan limits in most counties for 2019. A small handful (under 200) counties in the entire country will not see higher loan limits, but the rest of the nation will see a higher FHA loan guaranty limit for single family, owner-occupied homes with between one and four units.
What does this mean for borrowers interested in an FHA One-Time Close Construction loan in 2019? If you need a home built for you from the ground up instead of buying an existing construction home, the FHA One-One Time Close program is for you.
FHA One-Time Close Mortgages Are Different Than Other FHA Mortgages
Lender requirements for FHA One-Time Close loans can be more strict than for existing construction loans. Higher FICO scores may be required, a lender may not necessarily be willing to approve a construction mortgage for borrowers who must be manually processed due to credit issues, and you may find that some lenders aren’t willing to do construction loans on multi-unit properties.
If you need more than one living unit in your new home, it’s a very good idea to shop around for the right lender who will work with you and your needs.
One-Time Close loans require the borrower to do things that wouldn’t be needed for an existing construction purchase, but some of these requirements are benefit to the borrower-working with an architect or choosing floor plans is something that gives you, the borrower, a say in how the home will look and feel.
This is one of the chief motivators for some to build instead of buy existing homes-the ability to customize. But doing so requires time and money, and the construction loan is a better choice for those with financial goals that don’t include trying to save as much up front and out of pocket as possible.
Borrowers who are willing to pay more up front and reap the benefits of those investments are a better fit for the One-Time Close loan. The idea being that money you spend in the beginning will be evident in the finished product.
One-Time Close Construction Loans Offer Flexibility, But They Require Time
Being free to choose a design and the right features for you is an important part of choosing the FHA One-Time Close construction loan, but it’s crucial to remember that doing so will take more time. Borrowers should expect the construction phase to take as long as the experts say your plans will take.
It doesn’t pay to be in a hurry with a construction project in any case, but borrowers should be prepared to wait out the process and the associated inspections and other procedures.
We have done extensive research on FHA One-Time Close mortgages and spoke directly to these licensed lenders for most states. These are qualified mortgage loan officers who work for lenders that know the FHA One-Time Close product well.
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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? Yes or No. If either of you are eligible veterans, 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.