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Quick Guide to Construction Loans

What are construction loans and how do they differ from a traditional mortgage? How do construction loans work?


A home construction loan is a short-term, higher-interest loan that provides the funds required to build a residential property. It can be used for many different types of projects including building an addition onto your existing home or purchasing land. This article will discuss the different types of construction loans are available!


A construction loan has a shorter term as opposed to traditional mortgages; they're often around 12 months long with monthly payments and may have an interest rate that's variable as opposed to a fixed interest rate. A construction loan is not secured by a home or any property, rather it's backed up with the personal guarantee of an individual.


Construction loans are typically used to fund for construction materials and labor costs associated with new construction projects. The lender will assess how much they're willing to lend based on current market rates and factors like if the borrower has sufficient equity in their own home or other sources of funds to pay back this type of loan.


Examples might include building an addition onto your existing home or purchasing land; these types of projects can be different than traditional mortgages because you may need more upfront cash before beginning work (e.g., material) that could negate some savings from reduced interest payments over time.


What are the different types of construction loans available?


  • Construction-to-permanent loan: This type of construction loan is for a home or multifamily property that will be your primary residence. You buy the land and then start construction, adding to it as you go along. Once the project is completed, repayments stop with this kind of loan.

  • Construction-to-permanent refinance: If you already have an existing mortgage on your current house but want to build something permanent instead, this type of construction loan can help in two ways: by financing demolition costs and giving assistance during construction; and by allowing homeowners who are cash poor at time of purchase (when borrowing for new construction) to finance some down payment from their future equity in the eventual home they'll own when finished."

  • Construction only loan: A construction only loan is a home development loan that gives you the funds to build your new house. It does not require any equity in real estate, but it will have higher interest rates than traditional loans and may also charge upfront fees for origination or application processing.

  • Renovation Loan: A renovation loan is a mortgage that provides funds for construction projects, such as expanding your living space or converting a porch into an enclosed room.

  • Owner Builder Construction Loan: If you're building your home without the help of a contractor, an owner builder construction loan can provide funds for materials and labor.

  • An End Loan: A construction loan is used during the building phase and is repaid once the construction is completed. A borrower will then have their regular mortgage to pay off, which is also known as the end loan.

In summary, construction loans provide funds to build new properties or structures while traditional mortgages provide funds to purchase existing properties or structures. This article described some of the different types of construction loans that are available.


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