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Four Things to Remember About Home Loans and Credit Scores

FHA Loans: New Construction Vs. Existing Construction?

What is the difference between new construction and existing construction? For the purpose of an FHA home loan, the distinction can be important, even if it’s just on a procedural level. The FHA loan handbook (HUD 4000.1) makes important distinctions between new construction and existing construction loans. FHA Home Loans For Existing Construction Properties The FHA defines existing construction properties in a very specific way: “Existing Construction refers to a Property that has been 100 percent complete for over one year or has been completed for less than one year and was previously occupied.” The appraisal requirements for existing construction are not quite the same (in terms of timing, paperwork and required forms) but the issue that will most affect a typical borrower is in how the appraisal is to | more...

 
Planning To Buy A Home? Credit Resources You Need

FHA Loans Versus Conventional Home Loans

If you are planning to look at real estate listings soon or use the help of a realtor to locate a new home, here are some questions to ask yourself about your new home loan; the answers will help you decide whether to pursue an FHA mortgage, a conventional loan, etc. FHA Mortgage Versus Conventional Home Loans: Compare Down Payments Make sure you know your FICO scores in advance of comparing down payment requirements since the amount of cash you will be required to put down is affected by credit scores when those scores are below a specific cutoff. There is more than one standard for FICO scores in this area-FHA loan minimums and lender requirements. Lender standards will apply no matter whether you are applying for FHA or conventional | more...

 
VA One Time Close Construction Loan

VA One-Time Close Construction Loan Options for Military Veterans Expanded

Some house hunters get fed up with looking for just the right home, while others start out their home loan journey knowing in advance they want a house built for them. What options to these borrowers have? There is an FHA home loan known as the FHA One-Time Close / Single-Close construction loan that lets borrowers apply for a single loan that covers both construction costs and the mortgage itself. The FHA version of this type of construction loan requires the borrower and lender to work together to establish a plan for the project including estimated completion times, interest rates, budgets, and more. Some borrowers aren’t interested in FHA home loans since they have other options; do qualifying military veterans have a VA loan version of the FHA One Time | 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

Build A House On Your Own Land With An FHA Mortgage

Some house hunters decide to stop looking at existing construction homes and start thinking about building a house for themselves from the ground up. Other people know from the start of their homeownership journey that they want to build and not buy an existing home. FHA home loan rules in HUD 4000.1 include guidelines for lenders who want to help these borrowers. The section of the rulebook titled “Building on Own Land” tells lenders how to proceed with a construction loan including maximum loan amounts, who can act as the general contractor on the project, and more. Are you interested in having a house built for you on your own lot? Not interested in having to choose from existing construction housing? Building on your own land may be the right | more...

 
Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

Construction Loan Options: Comparing One-Time Close Loans

Do you dream of building a home? There are affordable options for those who want to build on their own lot or buy land in conjunction with a One-Time Close (OTC) construction loan. One-Time Close mortgages feature a single loan application and a single closing date. Compare that to construction loans that make you apply and get approved twice–once for the construction costs and once for the purchase of the property. Your construction loan options include VA, FHA, and USDA mortgages. One type of loan might be more suitable to certain borrowers than others, but fortunately, there are multiple choices you can make to get the right loan for you. FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans The FHA One-Time Close mortgage is a good choice for those who want more flexible | more...

 
Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

FHA Loan Rules To Build Or Buy A Home

Are you interested in applying for a home loan to build or buy a house of your own? FHA mortgage loan options allow a wide variety of choices when it comes to a first home. And you do not have to be purchasing your first house to use an FHA mortgage–as long as you are buying a home you want to live in as your main address and financially qualify, an FHA home loan may be for you. The range of those FHA loan options may surprise you. Did you know a first-time homebuyer has the option to purchase a condo unit using an FHA mortgage? The condo project may be on or added to an FHA-approved list but starting in 2021 it is also possible to have a loan | more...

 
Home Loans For Building On Your Own Land

Unique FHA Construction Loan Rules

It can be more exciting to build a home from the ground up to your specifications than buying existing construction. Some borrowers prefer to have more say in the design of their homes and that’s where an FHA One-Time Close construction loan comes in. If you want to build a home on your own lot using a construction-to-permanent loan, also known as a One-Time Close mortgage (AKA the “single-close” construction loan), you should know that certain home loan rules are different for construction loans than for existing construction mortgages. There are some aspects of construction loans the borrower applying for an existing construction home loan won’t have to deal with, and there are specific rules for unique issues associated with building a home. For example, when applying for an FHA | more...

 
Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

First-Time Borrowers Can Build a Home Instead of Buying One

Even a first-time buyer dreams about having a house built especially for them from the ground up. Some taking their house-hunting journey for the first time are surprised to learn that their options include the ability to build a home on your own lot using a One-Time Close construction loan. One-Time Close construction loans, which feature only a single loan application and a single closing date, are offered as conventional mortgages, but also as VA and FHA construction loans. What should first-time home buyers should know about construction loans before committing? Don’t worry, these things won’t discourage you from getting the loan. But knowing some issues in advance may change how you prepare for your new home loan. Down Payments When building your home on your own land, a down | more...

 
Build On Your Own Lot

Low Down Payment Construction Loans For New And Repeat Borrowers

Are you interested in building your home from the ground up? A loan called the One-Time Close construction mortgage can help you as a first-time home buyer or as an experienced borrower. You don’t have to be a first-time borrower to take advantage of a low-down payment or even a zero down payment home loan you can use to build a house on your own lot. Among the first questions you are likely to ask about this type of loan? How much you’ll be required to provide as your down payment. And the answer you get depends on what kind of construction mortgage you seek. Do you know how much money you need to save up for a down payment? That depends on the nature of your mortgage; VA, FHA, | more...