FHA One-Time Close Mortgage Interest Rates
And those lower numbers work for construction loans, even for first-time home buyers.
One-Time Close loans do not feature FHA-required higher interest rates; at the time of this writing the mortgage loan rates for FHA loans is in a range between 3.375% and 3.5% for the most well-qualified borrowers. Those rates are subject to change on a daily basis but in general FHA loan interest rates are lower than conventional mortgages.
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What FHA Loan Rules Say About Setting Interest Rates for FHA One-Time Close Mortgages
HUD 4000.1, the FHA Single-Family Lender’s Handbook, instructs your participating FHA lender on how to process construction loans.
When it comes to interest rates, HUD 4000.1 explains that the interest rate you get on an FHA construction loan may vary depending on the phase of the project you are currently in:
“During the construction period, the interest rate may be variable. The Mortgagee and the Borrower must enter into an agreement that:
- Documents the range in which the interest rate may float during construction.
- Documents the point of interest rate lock-in.
- Specifies that the permanent Mortgage will not exceed a specific maximum interest rate.
- Permits the Borrower to lock in at a lower rate, if available and they have not already locked in a rate.
FHA, VA, and USDA: One-Time Close Loans
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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.
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- Send your first and last name, e-mail address, and contact telephone number.
- Tell us the city and state of the proposed property.
- 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.
- 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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