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Questions To Ask Your One-Time Close Lender


Questions To Ask Your One-Time Close Lender
There are some good questions to ask when you are comparing lenders for your construction loan. Not all lenders offer the same loan terms and you will want to know how each lender approaches the issues mentioned below.

Single-Close Construction Loan Terms: Interest-Only Payments

Your construction loan features two phases. The first is the construction phase, which is as the name implies the period of time necessary to build your home, get inspections, etc. The second phase is the “permanent” phase, which is when you see the loan converted to your mortgage.

Be sure to ask the lender about that financial institution’s policies regarding interest-only payments during the construction phase. Will you be making such payments? For how long? At what point will the loan convert to the full mortgage payment?

In some cases, the answers may be fairly standard, but it’s not safe to assume you will get identical terms and conditions with any One-Time Close construction loan lender. 

Types Of Property

Not all lenders offer the same terms for acceptable property types. Some may allow you to use a single-close loan to build a vacation home, while others may not. 

Be sure to mention the specific type of property you want to build with the construction loan early in the discussion; you don’t want to waste your time looking into terms for a vacation property or a barndominium if the lender refuses to finance such projects.

And depending on the nature of your loan, the risk there can be high. For example, some single-close lenders may be willing to finance the construction of multi-unit properties. But others do not approve single-close loans for homes larger than one living unit. You will need to know the lender’s policy on property size as well as property types.

Some Homes Can’t Be Financed

Many single-close construction loan programs feature prohibitions on tiny homes, container homes, and houses that have unique features such as relying solely on wind power. Kit homes are often on the list of projects that won’t be financed, but much depends on the lender and the housing market where you want to build.

Compare Lenders By Reputation

One piece of advice you might not read much about when it comes to shopping around for a lender has to do with online reputation.

Consider reviewing the online comments about the lenders you are comparing in the same way you want to review contractors--you don’t just review the prices and the options, you look for customer feedback, too. The same rules apply; if you see red flags or indications that a given service provider (lender or otherwise) in customer reviews, you should consider those experiences when trying to decide where to get your construction loan from.

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We have done extensive research on 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.

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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 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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