There are reasons why some veterans don’t use their VA loan benefits to buy a house at that moment. The reasons for that, we’ll discuss below. But it is important for military members and their families to know the options they have when looking for a home to build on their own lot.
There are plenty of options; which type of One-Time Close construction loan to choose from? Those who have entitlement to use for a VA mortgage loan to build a home would seem to choose to do so based on the zero down home loan option all by itself.
Add the lack of a mortgage insurance requirement, and the fact that veterans who receive (or are eligible to receive) VA compensation for service-connected medical issues are exempt from having to pay the VA loan funding fee.
These perks make the VA version of a One-Time Close construction loan very enticing.
But there are some cases where a veteran might choose not to use VA loan entitlement to apply for the construction loan.
In some cases that’s because the entitlement is not available (used before and not restored). In other cases, the house hunter may wish to save using their VA loan entitlement for later.
A borrower who has purchased a home with a VA loan before would be required to fully pay off the mortgage loan in order to have full VA loan entitlement restored. That can be done by paying the loan off in cash or by selling the home and paying off the mortgage note.
The veteran could use partial VA home loan entitlement, or choose a different type of One-Time Close loan.
FHA One-Time Close construction loans can stand in for the VA version, but there are important differences including a required down payment for the FHA version of the loan. This down payment is mandatory, but it is low.
The FHA down payment requirement is 3.5% at the lowest. That is the same as for any other FHA home loan, including condo loans and mobile home loans.
Your actual down payment requirements will be influenced by your FICO scores; those who have scored below 580 must, according to FHA loan rules, make a down payment of 10%. Lender FICO score requirements will also apply and these may be more strict than the FHA minimum standards.
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.
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Please note that investor guidelines for the FHA, VA and USDA One-Time Close Construction Program only allow
s 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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- 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 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.
- 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.