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Tips On Using Construction Loan Builders


Tips On Using Construction Loan Builders
If you would rather build your own new home than buy somebody else’s dream house, you have many options, including FHA One-Time Close mortgages and VA construction loans.

No matter your loan type, the need for third parties, including builders, inspectors, and appraisers, is real. You likely won’t be allowed to act as your own builder, electrician, or plumber.

Screening these third-party services is important.

Some don’t screen these service providers as diligently as they should, and in such cases, it’s easy to fall prey to certain schemes, as we’ll examine below.

When A Contractor Contacts You 

When you need a builder and have never hired one before, it’s easy to assume your experience is “industry standard.” Still, there are warning signs to pay attention to to avoid getting burned by an unscrupulous service provider.

Never respond to third parties that offer you their services unless you have contacted them first or had a referral made to them on your behalf.

Some homeowners get a knock on the door as an in-person attempt to reach you. A builder who “happens to be in the area” might not offer exactly what’s advertised. Beware.
When You’re Being Pressured To Decide

If a contractor tries to pressure you to make a quick decision, don’t use them. It’s not industry standard to fast-talk you into a decision you don’t have much time to consider. Never give into this kind of pressure, no matter if it’s for a “special deal” or not.

Does The Contractor Only Take Cash?

Run, do not walk away from a contractor who asks you to pay cash for any reason. Cash payments are not a typical part of a construction loan project.

The Builder Needs To Obtain Their Own Permits

Find another contractor if your contractor cannot obtain their permits or asks you to do this on their behalf. You don’t need to do their jobs for them, and unless the borrower is also the builder, obtaining permits is the contractor’s work. Not yours.

Leftover Materials From A Previous Job

Avoid a builder who wants to offer you a price break because, lucky for you, there is leftover material from another job site.

This is a common contractor scam you should not fall for. Don’t work with any builder who offers you an “under the table” arrangement of any kind. 

Why? Because you have no recourse if the builder breaks your agreement.

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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.

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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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