FHA One-Time Close construction loans are an important option to consider for those looking for a home in Texas. That market is an excellent place to consider building a home from the ground up with a One-Time Close (OTC) mortgage.

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FHA Texas One-Time Close Construction Loans

September 20, 2019

FHA Texas One-Time Close Construction Loans
FHA One-Time Close construction loans are an important option to consider for those looking for a home in Texas. The Texas housing market is an excellent place to consider building a home from the ground up with a One-Time Close (OTC) mortgage; A Zillow average home price report for 2018 lists the national average price at $218,000 with a predicted 6.4% increase over the following 12 months.

Compare that with the Texas real estate stats listed by the same company; Zillow reports Texas the median home value as approximately $185,800, with a predicted 4% increase in the 12 months following that report.

Texas home values have gone up 5.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 4.0% within the next year. According to Zillow, the median price in Texas is about $125 per square foot, with the median home sales price at or near $275,000.

In Texas housing markets such as Dallas and Houston, houses may sit on the market for 30 to 50 days according to some published reports; these same reports state that the (at the time of those reports), it’s a seller’s market with “persistent buyer demand”.

For those trying to buy an existing construction home in some parts of Texas, the seller’s market may work against them, and the length of time a home sits on the market may be an indication that home prices in that seller’s market may be higher than some consumers care to pay.

The persistent demand issue can also create an inventory shortage, which is one reason why borrowers may choose an FHA One-Time Close construction loan to build a home to suit their needs rather than trying to find that one perfect home in a competitive marketplace. High prices, short inventory, what is a borrower to do?

For some the answer is building a home from the ground up with a One-Time Close construction loan.

FHA OTC mortgages are a major improvement over the old construction loan process that forced borrowers to apply for not one, but TWO loans; one for the payment for labor, materials, and construction of the home and another loan that covers the actual mortgage. FHA OTC loans have a single application and closing date.

No mortgage payments are required during the construction phase of the One-Time Close loan, and the borrower is protected from failing to qualify for a second loan and from rising interest rates during the construction phase.

Lender requirements will apply for OTC loans including FICO score standards and other factors. Your FICO score requirements may be higher for a construction loan, but much depends on the lender. Ask your loan officer about qualifying FICO scores. It pays not to be in a hurry with a construction loan; your dream home needs time to be built, appraised, and inspected. Some housing markets may have longer-than-usual construction permit processing times and while this has nothing to do with the loan approval procedure itself, it has the potential to change the time required to get all the necessary paperwork and permissions to build.

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We have done extensive research on the FHA (Federal Housing Administration), the VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) and the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) 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 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. If you are interested in being contacted by a licensed lender in your area, please send responses to the questions below. All information is treated confidentially.
FHA.com provides information and connects consumers to qualified One-Time Close lenders in an effort to raise awareness about this loan product and to help consumers receive higher quality service. 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, VA, and USDA One-Time Close Construction Program only allows 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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  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 are eligible veterans, 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 $750,000 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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