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One-Time Close Loan Terms Compared

One-Time Close Loan Terms Compared
Some construction loan terms are important to know before you commit to a One-Time Close loan. What do you need to know about this industry jargon? 

Some single-close loan terms are similar to others and can be initially confusing, especially when industry pros use some terms interchangeably, as we discover below.

One-Time Close Interest Rates Are Not The Same As Annual Percentage Rates (APR)

The interest rate you are charged on a construction loan can be interpreted as the cost you pay the lender for giving you the loan. 

A VA or FHA One-Time Close lender takes a risk by lending you the funds; the interest rate is what the lender gets in exchange for taking that chance on the borrower.

On home loans, the mortgage interest rate is charged as a percentage of the mortgage amount. When it’s time to discuss annual percentage rates, the home loan rate is part of that calculation but not the entire thing.

NerdWallet defines the annual percentage rate or APR as a term that “illustrates how much you will pay to borrow money over one year,” and if you look at a lender’s website and assume that APR = interest rate alone, you are in for a bit of a surprise.

Appraisals Are Not Inspections

This jargon initially does not seem quite relevant to construction loans since a home inspection is meant to catch problems with the property before the borrower fully commits to the mortgage. 

In the case of a construction loan, if you choose to have the home inspected, it will naturally take place after you have committed to it and after the construction phase is over.

An inspection is a tool for the borrower to determine the home's true condition, and an appraisal is a tool for the lender to determine the home's market value. The appraisal is less complete than an inspection.

Should a One-Time Close borrower consider having the home inspected even though it has been built to suit and is brand new? says the answer should be YES. notes that some borrowers will buy a new construction home after it has been built rather than applying for a loan to build from the ground up. 

Those are two different types of transactions, and the borrower who is not involved in the construction project from start to finish likely needs to build a home inspection contingency clause into the loan agreement for their protection.

Homeowner’s Insurance Is Not Mortgage Insurance

Mortgage insurance is a tool for the lender to protect the bank from a borrower who defaults on their home loan. Homeowner insurance is a tool for the borrower to protect the home and its contents. The two are not the same and typically are not provided from the same sources.

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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 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. 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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