One-Time Close Loans | FHA and VA Construction Loans
Learn all about the VA and FHA versions of the One-Time Close Loan.

This Single Close Loan gets you from construction to occupancy with one mortgage in a streamlined process.

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Find out how you can build a home on land you already own.


If you've decided to have your new home built from scratch, you might be wondering how to finance the construction and purchase. This Single Close Loan gets you from construction to occupancy with one mortgage in a streamlined process.

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The One-Time Close Loan is a mortgage program that finances the construction, lot purchase, and permanent loan of a new home, all wrapped up in a single mortgage with a single closing.

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Previously, most construction loans required two separate closings, as well as a re-qualification process. The One-Time Close Loan helps you avoid the extra step, saving you time and money. And with Single Close Loans available through the VA and FHA, having your new home built on your own land is easier than before!

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One-Time Close Construction Loans: What You Need to Apply

FHA One-Time Close construction loans are intended to help those who want to own and occupy a home to build one from the ground up on their own land. There is also a VA loan equivalent to the FHA construction loan that, starting in 2020, features no down payment in most cases AND the ability to build a home from the ground up with no VA loan guaranty limit.

One-Time Close Construction Loan Requirements

 While it’s true that building a home from scratch can at times be harder than buying an existing home, the effort is worth it. The key to getting started is to understand the requirements of these loans, but some are hesitant because the process is unfamiliar to them.

Loan Advice for People Building Their Own Homes

A One-Time Close construction loan is designed to let you build a house on your own lot instead of buying an existing property. Do you want to design and build your own home using professional contractors and plans created by a professional?


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Non-Allowable Properties

The following home property types are excluded from the program, meaning that you won't be able to use the One-Time Close loan for financing:

Kit Homes

Steel framing kits for metal buildings that are assembled on site.

Barndominiums

Metal structures that combine living quarters with traditional barn space.

Log Cabin Homes

Pre-cut kits for log buildings that are assembled on site.

Shipping Container Homes

A dwelling made from a steel container otherwise used for shipping

Stilt Homes

Houses raised on piles over land or a body of water.

Solar Only or Wind Only Powered Homes

Homes that are powered on-site solely by solar panels or solely by wind turbines.

Dome Homes

Homes made in the shape of a sphere utilizing shell framework.

Bermed Earth Sheltered Homes

Homes with earth (soil) against the walls, roof or buried underground.

Tiny Homes

Homes that are 600 square feet or less.

Accessory Dwelling Units

Additional living quarters that are independent of the primary dwelling.

A-Framed Houses

Building with a tall triangular roof that resembles the letter A.

The primary reason for these exclusions is that all non-regular homes are considered unique properties and hard to get comps for under VA and FHA. These homes require specialized construction techniques, making it even more important that a single builder starts and finishes a project. If the builder were to quit before a job is finished, the lender would need to step in and find a replacement. This can be more difficult than usual due to the specific nature of the work.

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