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Interest Rates Are Falling, Are You Ready For A Construction Loan?


Interest Rates Are Falling, Are You Ready For A Construction Loan?
In the summer of 2022 when the housing market was in full-on seller’s market mode, some questioned building a home under such conditions; higher current interest rates, possible future interest rate adjustments by the Fed, and plenty of uncertainty about inflation, a recession, etc.

The Fed stepped in to curb rising inflation by increasing interest rates; this indirectly affected the housing market (it costs more to loan money when the Fed ups the Federal Funds Rate as it did over the summer.) 

Rising interest rates combined with rising home values (and prices) created the 2022 housing market’s conditions, but the Fed’s moves to curb inflation are beginning to work and one side effect of that is mortgage rates are beginning to fall.

Building  A Home When Rates Are Falling

Is now the right time to explore your One-Time Close construction loan options? If you haven’t started budgeting and saving for a construction loan, rushing into one won’t help you get the best deal. But some are afflicted by something known in the cryptocurrency community as FOMO or “fear of missing out”.

Is FOMO a good idea to hurry into a construction loan? No, it’s not. But some aren’t reassured that simply being patient is a good idea--they want reasons why they should NOT rush in at a time when rates are finally beginning to look like they have peaked.

Reasons To Move Carefully In The Next Six Months Before Committing To A One-Time Close Loan

One of the most important reasons not to rush into building a house right now? Even when it looks like rates may be coming back down to earth? The level rates are falling to today are likely to be lower after the new year. 

Market corrections sometimes come suddenly and dramatically, but in raising interest rates earlier in 2022 the Fed wanted a softer landing.

And that soft landing is, based on the advice of many financial experts, pundits, bloggers, and observers, likely to be more apparent in 2023. 

Rates could fall back down to the five percent range or better depending on circumstances, but even if they do not fall back down to the record levels we saw in the years leading up to 2022, any major improvement will be welcome.

The takeaway from all of this at present? Apply for a new loan when you are READY to do so and not before. Rushing into a loan without having worked on your credit, and without having saved up a large enough down payment and it won’t matter what the interest rates are when you apply; not being ready can jeopardize loan approval even in the best of times.

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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.

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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 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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