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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 [email protected]. 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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FHA One-Time Close Construction Loan Limits: Higher in 2022

April 18, 2022 - Do you want to build a home from the ground up? You can do this with low down payment requirements with an FHA One-Time Close Construction Loan. And construction loan borrowing power has increased in 2022 because FHA loan limits have increased from the previous year.

FHA Home Loan Types

April 3, 2022 - When it comes to your FHA home loan options, there are many different property types you can buy with an FHA home loan. And even though you can choose from a diverse range of options for many of them there is one type of Single-Family Mortgage loan that is used to buy the property.

Pay Attention to Your Debt-To-Income Ratio

February 12, 2022 - Your FHA loan options in 2020 include new purchase loans, reverse mortgages, cash-out FHA refinance loans, and the One-Time Close construction loan if you want a house built for you. But planning ahead is key and you will need to examine and work on the amount of debt you carry

Different Types of Construction Loans

December 20, 2021 - Construction loan types include those that cover the cost of the project alone, single-close mortgages that incorporate a single application for both the construction phase and the purchase phase, and those that are designed to finance residential renovation projects.

FHA Home Loans for Existing Construction and New Construction

November 6, 2021 - Do you know the differences between buying an existing home compared to buying a new construction property? The FHA Single Family Handbook (HUD 4000.1) makes important distinctions between new construction mortgages and existing construction loans.

FHA Loan Facts You Should Know

October 12, 2021 - Do you have misconceptions about how FHA home loans work? Some people mistakenly count themselves out of the running for an FHA mortgage for reasons that simply are not true. Don’t count an FHA mortgage out of the running if you are comparing loan products to see which one is best for you.

FHA Modifies New Construction Loan Guidelines

October 11, 2021 - On October 22nd, 2020, the FHA and HUD announced changes to the FHA loan rules for new construction loans, which are used to build a home rather than having the borrower buy an existing property previously occupied by the former owner.

VA One-Time Close Construction Loans

October 4, 2021 - 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.

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