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FHA Construction Loan Rule Changes In 2021

FHA And HUD Update Construction Loan Rules

If you are in the market for a home but would prefer to have a house built to your specifications instead of buying another person’s dream home, the One-Time Close mortgage can help you build instead of buy. This type of loan has an FHA equivalent with low down payment requirements (3.5% in typical cases) and there’s also a VA home loan option for those with qualifying military service. The FHA and HUD recently updated its rulebook for FHA Construction loans; there are revised definitions of properties that qualify for construction loans as well as new inspection rules. Back in 2020, the FHA and HUD announced some pending changes to the FHA Single-Family Home Loan Lender’s Handbook, HUD 4000.1 due to policy alterations in 2018 and 2019. Those alterations required | more...

 
Don't Make These Mistakes With Your One-Time Close Construction Loan

Monitoring Your Credit Ahead Of Your Rehab Loan Or One-Time Close Loan

Credit monitoring is important for any consumer but borrowers interested in building a home on their own lot using a One-Time Close (OTC) construction loan or even an FHA 203(k) Rehab loan should give serious thought about investing in credit monitoring as early as possible in the planning stages. This can be a big advantage for those seeking rehab or construction loans; participating FHA lenders may require higher FICO scores for construction loans and you’ll want every advantage in that department including knowing the contents of your credit report and the changes to it as they happen. FHA Rehab Loans allow borrowers to buy fixer-upper loans and have work done to bring them up to code and FHA standards; FHA One-Time Close (OTC) mortgage loans allow borrowers to build a | more...

 

One-Time Close Construction Loan Mortgage Payments: What You Need To Know

When do mortgage payments begin on a construction loan? If you are building on your own lot with a VA One-Time Close loan or an FHA OTC construction loan, you’ll want to know what you are liable for and when–and you’ll also want to know how delaying your mortgage payments until the home is complete will affect your monthly payments down the road. VA and FHA mortgage loan options include the ability to build a home on your own land using a VA One-Time Close construction loan or the FHA equivalent. One-Time Close loans allow you to build a house on your own land or purchase land in conjunction with building a home.  There is a single application and approval process–these loans are potentially more streamlined and easier to manage | more...

 
Who is eligible for an FHA Home Loan?

Building A Home, Buying A Home

Are you thinking about buying an existing home? Are you considering applying for a construction loan to build a house on your own lot instead? If you are trying to decide whether to build or buy, there are questions to ask before you commit to buying an existing construction property, or choose to apply for a One-Time Close mortgage to build on land you already own or purchase as part of the mortgage. What does it take to select the best option for your needs? There is an advantage to building a home from scratch–borrowers can influence the final outcome of the construction and help determine the nature of the house ahead of time. Some don’t enjoy sorting out such details, they gravitate toward the idea of looking at existing | more...

 
Build On Your Own Lot

FHA One-Time Close Loan Rules: Buying Land To Build On

You can build a home on your own lot, even as a first-time home buyer. Thanks to the FHA single-family loan program, which includes a construction loan option, you can build a home instead of buying an existing construction house AND take advantage of low FHA loan down payment requirements. FHA loan rules require only a 3.5% down payment even for construction loans, making the option to build instead of buy within reach of many who are just now exploring their options for becoming a home owner. But when considering a construction loan it’s good to remember that you don’t have to own land already–not all construction loan borrowers own their own property and need to purchase the lot as part of the loan. Building Your Home With A Construction | more...

 
Who should apply for a construction loan?

Who Should Apply For A Construction Loan?

Who should apply for a construction loan? There are two basic types of borrowers who should consider doing so–the house hunter who wants to build a house instead of buying someone else’s, and those who want to purchase fixer-upper homes and renovate them. The home loan for borrowers who would rather build their home on their own lot is called a One-Time Close (OTC) construction loan. It features a single loan application for both the construction of the house and the purchase of it once completed. Non-OTC construction loans may required two separate loans–one for the construction phase and one for the purchase of the completed house. This makes the process more complicated and having a single loan is definitely an advantage for the OTC version of these mortgages. OTC | more...

 
One Time Close Mortgage Loans: The Base Home Sales Price

One Time Close Mortgage Loans: The Base Home Sales Price

There are home loans for borrowers–even first-time home buyers–to allow the construction of a home from the ground up. They are called One-Time Close construction loans and are available from participating FHA, VA, and USDA lenders. One Time close loans, also known as single-close construction loans, feature one loan for both the construction of the home and the purchase of that home. When you apply for a construction loan, one area you’ll soon learn about is something called the base home sales price. This is essentially the base cost of the project using the contractor’s standard designs and features–you choose the design and features and those choices generate a base price. Choosing Features, Materials, Design How do these choices affect cost? Consider the design itself. What is the cost of | more...

 
Construction Loans For First-Time Home Buyers

Planning Your One-Time Close Construction Loan

Some FHA loan applicants do not realize they have the ability to apply for a One-Time Close mortgage that lets the borrower build a home on their own lot instead of buying an existing construction home. The FHA One-Time Close (OTC) construction loan, like its’ VA construction loan counterpart, is a loan backed by the government that allows the borrower to apply for a single mortgage loan to cover both the costs of construction of a home from the ground up and the purchase of the home.  This is offered as an alternative to construction loans that require two loan applications (one for construction, one for the completed home) and two closing dates. OTC Loans Have The Same Down Payment Requirements As Other FHA Loans The One-Time Close loan avoids | more...

 
Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

First-Time Home Buyers: Build Your New Home With A One-Time Close Construction Loan

Buying a home can be challenging for some first-time borrowers. Many newcomers to the mortgage market don’t know all their options open and in that situation it is easy to make choices that are less than fully-informed. One-Time Close construction loans are open to any financially qualified applicant and that includes FHA borrowers who have never purchased a home before but have good FICO scores and repayment history that has no late or missed payments in the last 12 months or better. One-Time Close loans are offered as FHA, VA, and even USDA mortgages. The FHA version is NOT need-based and features no income caps, unlike the USDA version. VA construction loans are intended only for qualifying military members, veterans, and certain surviving spouses of military members. For the average | more...

 
Construction Loans For First-Time Home Buyers

Building A Home As A New Borrower

At press time, many portions of the United States are considering some kind of return to business as usual in the wake of lockdowns and coronavirus containment measures.  For better or worse, some portions of the country are opening more than others and this will likely include real estate markets and house hunting as progress is made. And that means some first-time home buyers will be exploring their options soon. Did you know that even as a first time borrower, you may be eligible for a One-Time Close construction loan that allows the borrower to build a home on their own lot rather than buying someone else’s property? One-Time close loans are available for VA borrowers, FHA loan applicants, even USDA borrowers. These loans do require some additional legwork and | more...