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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 Loan Articles and Mortgage News

FHA One-Time Close Construction Loan Limits: Higher in 2023

January 30, 2023 - 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 2023 because FHA loan limits have increased from the previous year.

FHA Loan Mistakes to Avoid in 2023

January 25, 2023 - No matter what the condition of the housing market, there are some important things to remember when buying a home with an FHA mortgage. Are you anticipating some of the most common home buying mistakes? Here are some things to look out for.

VA One-Time Close Construction Loans

January 22, 2023 - 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.

One-Time Close Loans vs. Owner-Builder Loans

October 25, 2022 - Do you want to explore your home loan options for building a new home from the ground up? There is an FHA loan for that. Do you want a fixer-upper? There is a different type of FHA mortgage for that type of purchase. A participating FHA loan officer can help you to apply for the right loan.

I'm Not a First-Time Homebuyer. Is the FHA Program for Me?

October 22, 2022 - The FHA mortgage program (including reverse mortgages, refinance loans, One-Time Close construction mortgages, and FHA rehab loans) does not refuse a potential borrower simply because they have borrowed before, have had a mortgage in the past, or already own property.

Why FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans Are Different

October 16, 2022 - FHA Construction loans are unique compared to other FHA loans used to buy existing homes. These loans are comparatively simpler, less costly than building your own home, and in many cases you can move into the house once you have hit closing day and get the keys.

Buying a Multi-Unit Home With an FHA Mortgage

October 12, 2022 - Depending on your financial needs and goals, buying a multi-unit property with an FHA mortgage makes sense. After all, the FHA down payment requirements and FICO score rules are the same whether you are buying a single-unit home or a property with up to four living units.

FHA Construction Loan Down Payments

October 7, 2022 - FHA One-Time Close construction loans are a bit different than other FHA home loan options. These loans have some unique requirements and typically those are associated with lender requirements and not FHA loan rules.

Important Details About Your FHA Construction Loan

October 6, 2022 - The FHA One-Time Close construction loan, also known as a single-close construction loan, is a good option to consider if you want to build a home from the ground up with a low down payment. You’ll need some extra planning time and there are some important questions to ask.

Down Payment Rules for Different Types of Construction Loans

October 5, 2022 - Building a home on your own lot can be a rewarding way to become a new home owner. FHA construction loans offer some important advantages over conventional alternatives including a low down payment requirement for those who qualify.

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