An Introduction to New Home Construction Loans

By: Maria Mbura

Building a house is a landmark event in any person's life. The decision to build a house comes after a long analysis of the sources of funds to facilitate the process. Luckily, there are a lot of lending companies that offer loans targeted at new home construction. New home construction loans and stated income construction loans are the two types of loans that are offered to people in the process of constructing a new home. Both types of loans offer funding for new home construction, but the difference lies in the way in which they can be obtained.

The first and very crucial step in obtaining a home construction loan is choosing a lender. New home construction loans are offered by all major national lenders and can also be obtained from regional banks or mortgage companies. The important point to note is that the lender must be kept informed of anything and everything that has been planned about the home construction. Typically, the interest for a new construction loan is paid over a period of 12 months, and then replaced by a mortgage, once the home's construction has been completed.

New construction loans themselves are of two types. The first type is known as the all-in-one loan, in which the loan is automatically converted to a regular mortgage on completion of the construction of the home. The second type is the construction-only loan, which as the name suggests covers only the construction costs of the home. This type of loan is due as soon as the construction is done and must either be paid off or replaced by a mortgage. Lenders have very specific ways of paying for the construction of the home. The payment of funds is divided in to several "draws". The home-owner must draw up a plan at each stage of the building process clearly stating how much funding was used at that particular stage of construction. For example, a draw can be done after the pouring of the foundation of the home, or maybe during the framing of the home. This drawn up plan is then sent to the lender, who examines it and allocates the funds to be paid.

The other type of home construction loan, called the stated income construction loan is a loan that does not require the verification of the home owner's income. This type of loan is a boon and is best suited for self employed individuals. Anyone who cannot produce verification documents for their income, or chooses not to reveal their earnings can benefit from this kind of loan. The benefit of a stated income construction loan is that it is generally approved much faster than other kinds of loans. The downside to this type of loan is that the interest rates associated with it are much higher than other loans. Correspondingly, the down payments are also significantly higher. The procedure to apply for a stated income loan is quite simple and all it requires is an online application or a direct application at the office of the chosen lender.

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