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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About FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans

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About 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 (no single wide mobile homes), and modular homes. It allows borrowers to finance for the construction, lot purchase (if necessary) and permanent loan into one loan and a single closing all at once with a minimum down payment of 3.5 percent (up to the FHA county lending limits).

Most construction loans require two separate closings—once to qualify for the construction itself, and again when converting into a permanent mortgage. When the builder gives the clear to close on a home and it’s time to move in, the buyer has to pay off the construction loan and apply for a new mortgage. These regular construction loans come with two closing dates, and require the homebuyer to requalify with credit checks, verification of employment, additional closing costs, etc.

The One-Time Close Loan gives buyers a new option. The FHA handbook, HUD 4000.1, refers to this as a “construction-to-permanent” mortgage. This is 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. An escrow account is required to pay the expenses of construction and related fees, and the borrower will not be obligated to make mortgage payments until a specified time after the final inspection of the completed work (usually within 60 days).

Getting Ready

All FHA products have the same requirement, but lenders can place guidelines in addition to those minimum FHA standards. The usual advice about not having any late or missed payments 12 months leading up to your home loan application is appropriate in this case. To get ready for a construction loan, it’s good to work hard on reducing debt-to-income ratios, avoid applying for new lines of credit, and pay close attention to your credit report to avoid delays because of errors, outdated information, or other problems.

Want More Information About One-Time Close Loans?

We have done extensive research on the FHA (Federal Housing Administration) and the VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) 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 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 and VA 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, including but not limited to: Kit Homes, Barndominiums, Log Cabin Homes, Shipping Container Homes, Stilt Homes, Solar (only) or Wind Powered (only) Homes, Dome Homes, Bermed Earth Sheltered Homes, Tiny Homes, Accessory Dwelling Units, or A-Framed 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 will allow per VA guidelines. While there are no maximum loan amounts, most lenders will go up to $1,000,000 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

First-Time Homebuyers and Their FHA Loan Options

November 28, 2023 - What can a first-time homebuyer use an FHA mortgage to do? You can use it to build or buy a home. You can also use an FHA loan to renovate a home you already own or want to purchase and renovate. You can refinance and even apply for a reverse mortgage.

Hiring a Contractor to Build or Renovate Your Home

October 29, 2023 - Whether considering a One-Time Close construction loan or an FHA 203(k) rehabilitation mortgage, you’ll want to keep some important things in mind before deciding on the right contractor. Some experts recommend getting bids from three different contractors.

What to Make of Short-Term Changes in Mortgage Rates

October 19, 2023 - The recent difference in mortgage rates between fixed and adjustable rate mortgages has been narrower than usual. But in the second week of October, that changed. As a result, ARM loan applications increased by some 15%, according to published sources.

Home Buying and Building Options With FHA Mortgages

October 16, 2023 - With an FHA mortgage, your low down payment options include 3.5% of the price of the home if your FICO scores are 580 or higher (FHA loan program rules, not lender standards), and you get this loan with no early payoff penalty should you choose to refinance later to get a better interest rate.

Home Loans and House Prices

October 14, 2023 - Some would rather build from the ground up using an FHA One-Time Close construction loan where others might decide to buy an existing home using an FHA adjustable rate mortgage. These are just two options, but they are among the most common.