Why would borrowers choose to build a home on their own land using an FHA One-Time Close construction loan (which requires a down payment of 3.5%, minimum) instead of a no-money-down USDA home loan?
There are several reasons why an FHA mortgage might be the better choice depending on circumstances, even with a required minimum down payment. That down payment is far less than some conventional loans require.
USDA Mortgage or FHA Home Loan?
USDA construction loans offer an advantage to eligible borrowers thanks to their zero down payment requirement. But a USDA mortgage is need-based, and these loans (even construction loans) have a household income cap.
USDA loan rules state that in some cases, borrowers who have assets higher than the USDA limit “…may be required to use a portion of those assets” and that may translate into something different than a no-money-out-of-pocket loan or a zero down mortgage.
FHA home loans, on the other hand, have no need-based guidelines. All borrowers who apply must financially qualify, but there is no exclusion for those who “earn too much”. FHA loans are for all financially qualified borrowers.
FHA One-Time Close loans feature minimum down payment of 3.5% of the adjusted value of the home–that is the exact same requirement as for all other FHA forward mortgages.
The down payment requirement may be higher in some cases–usually when certain factors such as a non-occupying co-borower, or an applicant who does not have credit scores high enough to qualify for the lowest down payment.
FHA mortgages have one basic restriction on where a home may be located; you can only use an FHA mortgage to buy or build a home in the United States or its’ territories.
Exceptions do apply in the case of certain flood zones or other known natural disaster areas that are identified as “no approval” zones in FHA loan rules. The lender, state law, and other regulations may also have a say in what is possible to buy in any given housing market.
USDA single-family home loans, on the other hand, do have more restrictions on where the home may be located–generally these loans are intended for those who buy in certain rural areas, though the definition of “rural” may be in some cases more loosely applied.
Ask your loan officer about FHA home loans and how they can help you purchase a home or refinance an existing mortgage.
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4. Are you or your spouse (Co-borrower) eligible veterans? If so, 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.