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New Home Construction Loans,
Information and FAQ

Home construction loan budget and the draw process
are handled pretty much the same way by most programs.

Here we present the entire process in an faq format
as well as a series of useful articles.


Construction Loans,
an overview

  This type of financing differs from regular purchase money or refinance home mortgages in the way the loan amount is calculated and the way it is structured.

Before calculating the loan amount, we need a basic budget.

The main components of construction loans that are included in the budget are:



1-     Soft costs; consisting of architectural plans, engineering and permit fees.

2-     Hard costs; which are all the actual physical costs of construction.

3-     Closing costs; consisting of origination and lender fees, title, and closing fees.

4-     Inspection fees.

5-     Reserves; consisting of interest reserve and contingency reserve.

6-     Existing lot pay off.

   Regular purchase money or refinance mortgages are based on Loan to Value Ratio (LTV). Where as, construction loans are based on LTV as well as Loan to Cost Ratio. Further more in a normal mortgage the closing costs are added on after calculating the Loan to Value, whereas a construction loan is inclusive of closing costs.

What makes the whole thing more complex is the fact that the way these numbers are calculated or the way the numbers are put together differ from one investor to the next.

 In fact the calculations get complex enough that most loan officers in most lending institutions donít even know how to calculate a loan amount, which results in last minute unpleasant surprises.

The problem most applicants of construction loans face is when at the 11th hour they get a call informing them of the final loan amount as calculated by an underwriter which may not be sufficient to meet the borrowerís needs.

   At Construction Loans FAQ we specialize in this type of financing. Our familiarity with the guidelines of construction loans offered by most major institutions makes it possible for us to choose the program that best suits you and your project.

   Since we are approved brokers with all these investors, the cost of the loan to you is either the same or sometimes even better than applying directly.

   New Home Construction loans are a specialized field:

   And as such we assign you an expert consultant from the moment you apply. He/She will work with you from the very beginning until the funding day, making the process smooth and seamless.

   For Detailed FAQ on the entire process including Draw and Budget please go to the:
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