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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 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 Loan Advice

February 29, 2020 - A One-Time Close construction loan is designed to let you build a house on your own lot instead of buying an existing property. Do you want to design and build your own home using licensed contractors and plans created by a professional? 

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February 18, 2020 - Some new to the real estate market might assume they are not qualified to be approved for a construction loan, but these loans have the same kinds of terms and conditions that other mortgages do and you don’t need to have special credit scores to qualify.

One-Time Close Construction Loans for Veterans

February 9, 2020 - 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.

One-Time Close Construction Loans: No Loan Limits?

January 21, 2020 - Is there really a construction loan that lets you build a house on your own lot with no loan limit? AND a zero-down loan at that? Believe it or not, such a loan DOES exist. It’s the VA Construction Loan, which can be offered as a One-Time Close mortgage.