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VA and FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans

With a One-Time Close loan you cannot act as your own builder. Let us help you find the best builder to make your dream home a reality!

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Finding the Right Home Builder

Finding the right builder can be a challenge, especially for first-time buyers who don't know where to start. That's where we can help! Our lenders have created relationships with many contractors who are experienced in the One-Time Close process. They can help get you in touch with knowledgeable contractors who are not only familiar with this particular mortgage process, but can also help guide you to make the best choices, while keeping the vision you have for your new home!

However, if you're a homebuyer planning to find and employ your own contractor, it's important that you know the guidelines every builder must meet for FHA or VA Single Close Loans.

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"As a homebuyer, you need to find and employ a contractor who meets the requirements of the FHA or VA lenders."

Do I Need to Hire a Builder?

Beaver talks about finding your builderFirst things first- you cannot act as your own builder, whether or not you have the experience. Nor can you be responsible for hiring any sub-contractors. The builder you select must be a separate party who acts as the general contractor or construction coordinator, meaning he is responsible for "turnkey" completion of the property and all site improvements. You cannot hire a contractor you are related to, either!

Note: Borrowers should know that while FHA and VA loan rules permit the borrower to act as their own builder, lender standards still apply. Seller, borrower, and/or family members cannot act as contractor or complete any work on the home. Just to be clear, you must use the licensed/approved builder from start-to-finish and cannot deviate from the plans whatsoever.

Connecting the Builder and the Lender

Any builder you select needs to be registered with your lender. While the guidelines may differ depending on the lender, your builder will typically need to send in certain documents to gain authorization, such as:

  • Complete Builder/Retailer Application package provided by your loan officer
  • Builder/Retailer State License
  • Certificate of insurance for inland marine coverage, or builder's risk/course of construction insurance will be required on every loan
  • Certificate of insurance for General Liability and Workers Compensation (or letter explaining why it is not required)
  • For site-built homes: 2 years federal tax returns and year-to-date profit/loss statement, current balance sheet or personal financial statement, and executive summary with overview of experience and history on company and principal
  • For VA approval, builders/retailers will need to be registered with the VA
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How Construction Loans Vary

What do we mean by our headline? There are many ways VA and FHA One-Time Close construction loans differ from other types of mortgages, but how do single-close loans differ from each other Each single-close loan program has unique features for the loan's standard features.

Buy Or Build: Home Loan Options For First-Time House Hunters

Are you a first-time home buyer? Some assume that just one type of home loan is offered and that getting the right home means filling out a generic credit application. But the reality is that depending on whether you want to build or buy, there are specific mortgage programs, procedures, and terms you should know about before you commit.

Building A House And Hiring Contractors

Interested in building a dream home with a One-Time Close construction loan? There are important issues to know about these projects, starting with the fact that you typically are not allowed to act as your own builder and must hire contractors to do the work. Some borrowers must get used to thinking about this, but fortunately, some general guidelines can help them through the process.


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