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FHA construction loans may be used to finance construction of a one- to four-unit residence through a Construction to Permanent Mortgage through the FHA One-Time Loan Program. It's one of the best products on the market that very few people fully understand.

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FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans

10 Reasons a Home Builder Can Benefit

Since its inception in September 2001, FHA.com has become a valuable tool for news and information pertaining to FHA mortgage products. Our site offers knowledgeable FHA lenders who specialize in FHA lending the ability to connect with potential customers in need of FHA mortgage loans. These fully licensed lenders offer complimentary pre-approvals to their customers in the comfort they need to shop for their home with confidence.

In our constant desire to find trends within the FHA home purchase market, we have done some extensive market research on the FHA One-Time Close Construction to Permanent Loan product and wanted to share our findings.

FOR HOMEBUYERS

Here are the top 10 reasons a buyer would choose to build a new home rather than buy a resale home:

  1. The buyer can design and build a brand-new home versus a resale with the same FHA credit requirements and low 3.5% required down payment.
  2. Gifts are allowed for 100% of the needed 3.5% required down payment.
  3. Up to 6% seller/builder contribution for borrowers’ closing costs & prepaids.
  4. Credit scores can be as low as 620.
  5. FHA offers more flexible underwriting requirements with relaxed debt ratios.
  6. No reserve requirement.
  7. The buyer makes no payments until construction is complete.
  8. The permanent FHA loan closing is done one-time before construction begins.
  9. No re-qualifying or document updates needed whatsoever.
  10. Interest rate is protected during construction.

FOR BUILDERS

We spoke with many mortgage companies who have years of experience and have closed these FHA One-Time Construction Loans. We found that the FHA One-Time Close Loan is one of the best products on the market that very few people know about. While there are many educated and knowledgeable loan officers and /or companies that offer this product, there are only a select few that truly understand the entire process. We have written several articles about the FHA One-Time Close product and gave our visitors the ability to be put in touch with a licensed FHA One-Time Close lender in their area.

The response has been excellent during our 6-month test pilot. We successfully matched 200+ qualified OTC leads who desired to be matched with one knowledgeable lender in their jurisdiction. The feedback on the quality of the potential borrowers was excellent, yet in most cases, the borrower still had not found a lot and/or an approved FHA builder.

For example, a qualified couple desired to build a new home in Las Cruces, New Mexico in Dona Ana County utilizing the FHA One-Time Close program. Introductions were made to the licensed lender in New Mexico and the couple were pre-approved. Then the process started for the lender to find a qualified builder willing to work with their client. We are simply trying to expedite the match.

Qualified builders who want to build stick/site build homes utilizing the One-Time Close Program offered by the FHA now have a new avenue for attracting additional clients simply by completing a no-cost form and once approved, giving this financing option to the buyer. So, if you are a builder in Las Cruces, New Mexico, you can sign up to be an approved One Time Close approved builder with one of the largest FHA One-Time Construction Administrative companies in the country.

Once the builder is approved and meets the guidelines set forth by the lenders, the benefits start immediately. The next time our company gets a request for an FHA One-Time Close home loan in Las Cruces, New Mexico, or better yet (the next time a retail loan officer specializing in this product gets a request for an FHA One-Time Close loan in Las Cruces who wants to build, communication to the consumer will include your firm as an approved builder in that jurisdiction. In addition, you will be able to direct future customers who want to take advantage of the FHA One-Time Close to a licensed mortgage banker in your area that has expertise in the One-Time close construction process and can fulfil this loan request. Signing up would be a win/win proposition.

For builders interested in receiving the FHA One-Time Close builder approval form, please send your request to otcbuilder@fha.com. Please include your complete company name, your first and last name, e-mail address, and contact telephone number.

Please note that the FHA One-Time Close Construction Program (investor requirement) only allows for single family dwellings (1 unit) – and NOT for multi-family units (no duplexes, triplexes or fourplexes).

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Down Payment Rules for VA One-Time Close Loans

May 19, 2018 - There is a big difference between FHA One-Time Close (OTC) construction loan program and the VA One-Time Close version. FHA OTC loans require a down payment, while VA mortgage loans allow qualified borrowers the option of a zero-money down construction loan.

Approving Your FHA Home Loan: Debt Issues

May 15, 2018 - How does your participating FHA lender decide to approve or deny your FHA mortgage loan? It doesn’t matter if you are applying for a construction loan, refinancing, or buying an existing home. Lenders must follow certain steps to determine your creditworthiness.

FHA Rehab Loans: What Are Improvement Standards?

May 11, 2018 - For those who want to rehab an existing home rather than having one built from scratch, the FHA 203(k) rehab loan is an important option. This FHA mortgage, which is also available as a refinance loan, allows the borrower to make renovations and improvements to the property.

One-Time Close Loans: USDA, VA, and FHA

May 8, 2018 - The Department of Veterans Affairs, The USDA, and the Federal Housing Administration all offer a version of this with aspects that may be unique to each one; for example, VA One-Time Close construction loans feature no VA-required down payment (like other VA home loans) for qualified borrowers.

FHA Loans and Mortgage Insurance Requirements

May 6, 2018 - Conventional mortgages require private mortgage insurance (PMI) unless the borrower makes a  lender-prescribed down payment that eliminates the need.  FHA mortgage loans are different.  They don’t require PMI, but they do require an Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium and a mortgage insurance premium (MIP) instead.

FHA Home Loan Appraisals: Does The Basement Count?

May 3, 2018 - It's important to know that FHA loan rules are not the only ones that may affect the outcome of an FHA appraisal. State law, building code, and other regulations may also apply. You should expect your transaction to be affected by more than one set of guidelines.

Do FHA One-Time Close Mortgages Require a Down Payment?

May 1, 2018 - There are FHA One-Time Close construction loans, but also USDA and VA One-Time Close construction loans. When you choose the FHA version of the OTC, there are some important differences you should know.

FHA Construction Loan Rules and Lender Requirements

April 28, 2018 - When you examine your FHA construction loan options, choosing between a One-Time Close construction loan and other construction loan options with two loans and two closing dates are only part of your decision-making process.

VA One-Time Close Construction Loans

April 26, 2018 - Did you know that the VA offers a One-Time Close construction loan similar to the FHA One-Time Close loan? The VA version of the One Time Close loan allows qualified borrowers to finance both the construction and the permanent mortgage at the same time.

FHA Construction Loans: Why Your Lender Matters

April 24, 2018 - Why does your chosen lender make a big difference when it comes to how your FHA One Time Close construction loan or any other type of mortgage product make such a difference? Can’t you apply at any participating FHA lender to get what you need?

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