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Comparing Construction Loans And Lenders


Comparing Construction Loans And Lenders
In previous articles, we’ve noted that building a home is easier in some ways than buying an existing property and more complex in some other ways. But one thing these two processes have in common? 

They both include a need for the borrower to shop around for the right lender for the One-Time Close construction loan and the right terms and rates. You’ll want to get a loan estimate from each lender you talk to and review your options on paper or on-screen side by side.

The loan estimate will give you information about the mortgage you’re considering, including the interest rate, closing costs, estimated mortgage insurance, escrow, and other details. Will the loan have a balloon payment at the end? Is there a penalty for an early payoff of the note?

You’ll want to compare single-close lenders, ask for the construction loan equivalent of the loan estimate, and compare the estimate from different lenders.

What Is In A Loan Estimate?

A typical loan estimate will have your name, the address of the property (for existing construction), or the address of the proposed property. The first thing to do when reviewing any offer, estimate, or other documents from the lender? Review the details for accuracy the way you do with a credit report.

Getting an estimate with errors could make it enforceable if you return to the lender to do business. Can they legally honor or refuse to honor such an estimate if it does not have the correct information?

You want to avoid having to consider a legal remedy in such cases by taking the time to review the estimate.

Check the loan amount, monthly mortgage payment, mortgage insurance, principal balance, and other details.

How Much Are You Borrowing? How Much Are You Paying?

Find the place on the form listing the amount of cash needed to close the loan for that lender. Do you have that amount ready? Do you need time to save up for the down payment and closing costs? 

Some might be tempted to use down payment assistance for their construction loan, but be advised that many lenders simply won’t approve a construction loan that requires such help.

Some home loans have a balloon payment. Is yours one of them? Know in advance and make a plan to deal with it. Does your construction loan feature a penalty for an early payoff? Will that penalty apply if you refinance? These are essential questions to answer when reviewing your loan estimate; ask the loan officer if you cannot locate that information on the document.

Want More Information About One-Time Close Loans?

We have extensively researched the FHA (Federal Housing Administration) and the VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) 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 with 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. 

OneTimeClose.com provides information and connects consumers to qualified One-Time Close lenders to raise awareness about this loan product and to help consumers receive higher-quality service.

We are not paid for endorsing or recommending the lenders or loan originators and do not otherwise benefit from doing so. Consumers should shop for mortgage services and compare their options before agreeing to proceed. 

Please note that investor guidelines for the FHA and VA One-Time Close Construction Program only allow 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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1.  Send your first and last name, e-mail address, and contact telephone number.

2.  Tell us the city and state of the proposed property.

3.  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. 

4.  Are you or your spouse (Co-borrower) eligible veterans? If either of you is an eligible veteran, down payments as low as $0 may be available up to the maximum amount your debt-to-income ratio per VA will allow – there are no maximum loan amounts as per VA guidelines.

Most VA lenders will go up to $1,500,000 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.
 
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