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The FHA One-Time Close Loan allows borrowers to finance the construction, lot purchase, and permanent loan into a single mortgage. It provides for a single all-at-once closing with a minimum down payment of 3.5 percent. Available loans vary based on FHA county lending limits.

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FHA One-Time Close Loans

Financing for Construction, Lot Purchase, and a Permanent Mortgage

FHA One-Time-Close Loans

The FHA One-Time Close Loan is a secure, government-backed mortgage program available for one-unit, stick-built primary residences, new manufactured housing for primary residences (excludes single wide mobile homes), and modular homes.

It allows borrowers to finance for the construction, lot purchase (if necessary), and permanent loan into a single mortgage. It provides for a single all-at-once closing with a minimum down payment of 3.5 percent (up to your FHA county lending limit).


About the FHA One-Time Close Program

About FHA One-Time Close Loans

The One-Time Close Loan gives buyers a new option -- a single loan with one single closing date, and a defined set of parameters for how the loan is to proceed during the construction phase and beyond.

Most construction loans require two separate closings—once to qualify for the construction itself, and again when converting into a permanent mortgage. The One-Time Close Loan gives buyers a new option.


One-Time Close - Buyer Benefits

FHA One-Time Close Loans: Buyer Benefits

Many potential borrowers aren't aware that they have the option of building their dream home as a part of a single, consolidated home loan. The FHA One-Time Close Loan offers them a number of advantages in doing so.

Homebuyers can also take advantage of the FHA’s lenient qualifications, such as easy credit qualifying for scores, more flexible guidelines for homebuyers’ work histories, small escrow reserve requirements, and debt-to-income ratios up to 50 percent.


One-Time Close - Builder Benefits

FHA One-Time Close Loans: Builder Benefits

The FHA Construction-to-Permanent program helps contractors with a smooth, start-to-finish process that allows consumers to purchase and build a home according to their liking, all in a single mortgage.

Sellers and builders can make contributions of up to 6 percent toward the homebuyer’s closing costs and prepaid items. Any contribution funds beyond that are reduced, dollar-for-dollar, from the loan amount.


Want More Information About One-Time Close Loans?

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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  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 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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FHA Loan Articles and Mortgage News

Preparing for an FHA One-Time Close Loan

July 14, 2020 - The FHA One-Time Close construction loan, like its VA construction loan counterpart, is a loan backed by the government that allows the borrower to apply for a single mortgage loan to cover both the costs of construction of a home from the ground up and the purchase of the home.

VA One-Time Close Construction Loans

June 24, 2020 - 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.

Build a House on Your Own Land With an FHA Loan

June 5, 2020 - You can build on your own lot using an FHA mortgage, even as a first-time home buyer. You will get the same 3.5% down payment minimum on an FHA construction loan as you would buying existing construction real estate.

FHA Construction Loan Facts

May 27, 2020 - Do you want to have a house built for you from the ground up? This is an option, even for first-time home buyers. An FHA One-Time Close construction loan has a 3.5% down payment requirement, which is lower than you may be offered on a conventional loan.

One-Time Close Construction Loans in Texas

May 20, 2020 - FHA / VA / USDA One-Time Close construction loans are an important option to consider for those looking to build  a new home in Texas. Texas home values have gone up 5.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 4.0% within the next year.