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Veterans have multiple options when it comes to deciding which type of One-Time Close construction loan to choose from.  Military members who cannot occupy the home due to active duty requirements are still eligible for maximum financing.

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One-Time Close Construction Loans for Veterans

February 9, 2020

One-Time Close Construction Loans for Veterans
Veterans have multiple options when it comes to deciding which type of One-Time Close construction loan to choose from. Naturally, any veteran who has the entitlement to use a VA mortgage for this loan would choose to do so based on the zero down home loan option all by itself.

Add to that the lack of a mortgage insurance requirement, and the fact that veterans who receive or are eligible to receive VA compensation for service connected medical issues are exempt from having to pay the VA loan funding fee.

But there are some cases where a veteran might choose not to use VA loan entitlement to apply for the construction loan.

That may be simply because the entitlement is not available, or that the veteran wants to save the entitlement for later. A borrower who has purchased a home with a VA loan before would be required to fully pay off the mortgage loan in order to have full VA loan entitlement restored.

The veteran could use partial entitlement, but may be required to discuss the non-VA portion of the loan with the lender as that financial institution may have procedures which must be observed in such cases depending on whether you buy alone or with a co-borrower.

FHA One-Time Close construction loans are also open to those who could otherwise apply with a VA mortgage; the difference between the two construction loan programs is, on a very general level, includes a required down payment for the FHA version of the loan.

However, the down payment is a low 3.5% (at its’ lowest), which is the same as for any other FHA home loan. And that is the beauty of the FHA One-Time Close construction loan; you can be a first-time home buyer, or an experienced home owner and still be able to apply for the FHA One-Time Close loan.

Your down payment requirements will depend on your FICO scores; those who have scored below 580 must, according to FHA loan rules, make a down payment of 10%. Lender FICO score requirements will also apply and these may be more strict than the FHA minimum standards.

FHA loan rules require occupancy for One-Time Close mortgages, but military members who cannot occupy the home due to active duty requirements are still eligible for maximum financing, “...if a Family Member of the Borrower will occupy the subject Property as their Principal Residence, or the Borrower intends to occupy the subject Property upon discharge from military service” according to HUD 4000.1.


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Learn More About FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans

We have done extensive research on FHA One-Time Close mortgages and spoke directly to the licensed lenders for most states. These are qualified mortgage loan officers who work for lenders that know the product well. 

Each company has supplied us the guidelines for their product. If you are interested in being contacted by one licensed lender in your area, please respond to the below questions to save time. All information is treated confidentially.

Your response to [email protected] authorizes FHA.com to share your personal information with a licensed mortgage lender in your area to contact you.

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

1. Send your first and last name, e-mail address, and contact telephone number.

2. Tell us the city and state of the proposed property.

3. Tell us your credit score and/or the Co-borrower’s credit score, if known. 620 is the minimum qualifying credit score for this product.

4. Are you or your spouse (Co-borrower) eligible veterans?

5. If either of you are eligible veteran’s, the down payment is $0 up to the maximum VA lending limit for your county. If not, the FHA down payment is 3.5% up to the maximum FHA lending limit for your county.

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