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Comparing Construction Loan Lenders In 2024


Comparing Construction Loan Lenders In 2024

Are you unsure if a One-Time Close construction loan is the right choice in 2024? Building is better than buying for some, and if you feel that describes you, there are some steps to take when looking for the right VA or FHA single-close lender. 

Especially if you are considering a conventional version of the loan. Comparison shop, and know your options before you commit to a specific lender.

How To Start

Don’t compare only a couple or three lenders since no two are alike.

Try talking to at least five lenders and ask them the same questions about One-Time Close loan interest rates when you are expected to start making mortgage payments, lender fees, and escrow issues. Ask the same questions when reviewing each lender.

A scientific approach to your questions can help you establish the facts and help you avoid emotional decision-making about the cost of the loan, your construction options, or completion timelines.

Questions To Ask One-Time Close Lenders

Ask every lender you compare about the current One-Time Close interest rates, how those rates have changed in the last several months, and what trends the lender may have observed about where rates may be headed.

Another area to ask about? Lender overlays are the lender standards and qualification requirements for their loans. How do overlays work? One good example is found with FHA mortgages.

FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 say it’s possible to qualify for an FHA mortgage with a 580 FICO score. However, the lender’s requirements may be higher than this, especially for a construction loan. Ask your lender to compare FICO score requirements across various options, including VA, FHA, and conventional.

Will you be charged early payoff fees if you sell or refinance the loan? They could be required depending on which loan program you choose. 

FHA loans do not allow the lender to charge you a fee to pay the loan off ahead of schedule, regardless of the reason, but conventional loans may permit such a fee.


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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 who know the product well and consistently provide 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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