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More Reasons Why Construction Loans Are Unique


More Reasons Why Construction Loans Are Unique
Construction loans in general are very different from the loans needed to buy existing homes. Buying existing construction is simpler, less costly, and you can move into the home as soon as you have had your closing day and accept your keys in typical cases. 

Construction loans, on the other hand, are time-consuming, tend to cost more, and there are delays in moving in until the construction phase is complete and any required inspections have happened.
But these are the most basic differences. Borrowers who are worried about expenses such as the down payment and closing costs likely do well to consider buying an existing home rather than building. 

But those who have larger cash reserves, who don’t mind waiting a while until construction is finished, and who don’t need down payment assistance may do well to build a home.

Third Parties

Construction loans differ in other ways, too. The most obvious way is how many people are involved in the transaction. 

Buying an existing home requires a seller, a lender, and a borrower. But building a home means getting a builder involved, plus any other third parties needed for inspections, ordering materials, etc. You may work as closely with the builder at certain stages of the project as you do with the lender.

When you buy existing construction, the lender won’t ask you for the seller’s pedigree, qualifications, or related issues. 

But when you choose a builder for a construction loan there may be a required builder review process that includes having a look at the builder’s insurance, work history, and review of items specific to your project such as the blueprints, construction plan and timeline, etc.

Some Similarities

Some things aren’t as different between existing construction and new construction as you might think. The going advice is to get pre-approved for a loan before you even consider looking at a floor plan or blueprint. 

You do not want to go through the process of choosing blueprints, paying for plans and specifications, and related details only to find out that you didn’t qualify for the loan for some reason. 

Talk to a lender before you commit to the process-construction loans do require higher FICO scores and have more strict credit requirements overall. Learn the expectations before you start your research--you will not regret it.

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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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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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