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The FHA One-Time Close Loan helps contractors with a smooth, start-to-finish process that allows consumers to purchase and build a home with a single mortgage. Builders can make contributions of up to 6% toward closing costs and prepaid items.

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Builder Benefits for FHA One-Time Close Loans

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FHA One-Time-Close Loans - Builder Benefits

The FHA Construction-to-Permanent program is an avenue that many builders should explore when looking for additional business. By partnering with pre-approved homebuyers, contractors can take advantage of a smooth, start-to-finish process that allows consumers to purchase and build a home according to their liking, all in a single mortgage.

Builder Benefits

When building a home, most conventional mortgages require the borrower to qualify twice—once for the construction loan and again for the purchase. The FHA One-Time Close Loan, on the other hand, skips the tedious requalification process, which involves a second credit check and presentation of documents. Not only is this a cost and time saving step, but it also protects builders involved in the loan against unforeseen circumstances, such as buyers losing their jobs or taking a hit to their credit scores.

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. The high, 6-percent threshold allows buyers to receive the same financing without having to forfeit contributions.

Borrowers can take advantage of FHA’s lenient underwriting criteria, such as lower debt-to-income ratios compared to other conventional loan types. These perks make the FHA One-Time Close Loan appealing to many potential homebuyers, making it an opportunity for builders to gain contracts.

When financing with a Construction-to-Permanent loan, funds are drawn in phases, up to 5 times. A draw schedule is created by the lender, which the buyer and builder agree to. This ensures that all contractors are paid on time, as the project progresses.

Among the many advantages that come with an FHA loan, builders and buyers understand that the low down payment requirement is 3.5 percent. Additionally, the entire amount can be covered in gift funds which attracts more consumers.

There is a growing number of individuals that have an immediate need for small- to mid-size homes built from scratch. FHA.com works with licensed FHA lenders who specialize in the One-Time Close Loan process to pre-approve potential homebuyers looking for builders to do the job. Builders have an opportunity to be first in line to be paired up with these individuals and take on projects that would otherwise fly under the radar.

For Builders interested in receiving the FHA One-Time Close Builder registration approval form, please send your request to [email protected].

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FHA Loan Articles and Mortgage News

Applying for a One-Time Close Construction Loan in 2020

January 9, 2020 - FHA One-Time Close construction loans are intended to help those who want to own and occupy a home to build from the ground up on their own land. There is also a VA loan equivalent to the FHA construction loan that, starting in 2020, features no down payment.

Five FHA Loan Rules for Down Payments

December 26, 2019 - What do you need to know about the FHA home loan rules for down payments? The first thing to remember is that down payments are required on all FHA purchase loans whether for a Condo loan, a One-Time Close construction loan, or other types of FHA loan used to buy or build a house.

One-Time Close Construction Loan Mortgage Payments

December 20, 2019 - One-Time Close loans are meant to streamline the construction loan process by eliminating the need for a separate loans. They reduce two applications, two loan approvals, and two closing dates into a single loan with no worries about being denied for the second loan.

What's the Difference Between Construction Loans and Rehab Loans?

December 16, 2019 - One-Time Close constuction loans and rehab loas both require the use of a contractor, require plans, approved project details, and a period of time where the home may not be habitable while the construction or rehabilitation work is happening.

FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans for 2020

December 15, 2019 - Are you thinking of using an FHA One-Time Close Construction loan to have a house built for you in 2020? This type of home loan is different than FHA new purchase loans for existing construction, but it’s definitely worth considering.