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Construction Loans Tips

Mark Cappel
UpdatedJun 17, 2024

Can I get a Construction Loan from FHA or what do I do?

Can I get a Construction Loan from FHA or what do I do?

Unfortunately, FHA does not offer any new home construction loans, so you will likely need to explore other options if your goal is to build a new home from the ground up. The FHA does offer loans to borrowers who wish to remodel or rehabilitate an existing property, but consumers who wish to purchase land and build a new home from the ground up must seek other options.

There are two basic types of construction loans: construction-only loans and construction-to permanent loans; the primary difference between these two types of loans is what will happen after your home is built. Construction-only loans are short-terms loans which are designed to pay for the construction of the home and which must be repaid after the home is built.

Many borrowers take out a standard mortgage after the home construction is complete to repay their short-term construction loan. You could get an FHA Refinance at thsi point, but only after the home is built.

The key benefit to using construction-only loans is that they provide borrowers with flexibility to finance their completed home with a wide-variety of mortgage loan products, giving them freedom to shop around for the best mortgage interest rates and terms across the market. To read more about mortgage loans and the various programs available to borrowers, I encourage you to visit the mortgage page at

Construction-to-permanent loans are a product in which the same loan, which starts as a construction loan, automatically converts to a mortgage loan after the home construction is complete. This type of loan is probably the more popular of the two common types of construction loans, for several reasons. First, they are convenient for borrowers, as borrowers do not need to worry about finding a mortgage loan to finance the property and pay back their separate construction loan; building a home can be very stressful, and the fewer issues that borrowers need to worry about, the easier the process becomes. Borrowers also do not need to pay for two loan closings. Second, construction-to-permanent (CtoP) loans are often encouraged by lenders due to the fact that this type of loan allows the same lender to keep control and retain the profits of both the construction loan and the post-construction mortgage; these loans, therefore, are often more profitable for lenders. One of the more popular CtoP loans is the Fannie Mae HomeStyle Construction-to-Permanent home loan—to read more about this type of loan, you can visit

Even though FHA does not offer new home construction loans, you should be able to find a loan to suit your needs, as many different types of construction loans are available, with many different terms and interest rates. Because of the wide variety of loans and lenders, I encourage you to shop around to find the best interest rates and loan terms available to you.

I wish you the best of luck in finding a loan allowing you to build your new home, and hope that the information I have provided helps you Find. Learn. Save.



The mortgage market: what's new?

Mortgage rate fluctuations should come as no surprise. If you are buying a home or refinancing your existing mortgage, it is important to stay informed about the current mortgage rates.

Mortgage rates April 10, 2024
According to Freddie Mac, the 30-year mortgage rate for the week of April 10, 2024 stands at 6.88%. This reflects a 6 basis points increase from the previous week's rate.
Note: A basis point is equal to one-hundredth of one percent (0.01%). In numerical terms, if the mortgage rate changes by 20 basis points, it means the rate has changed by 0.20%.
Additionally, Freddie Mac reports that the 15-year mortgage rate for April 10, 2024 is 6.16%, indicating a 10 basis points increase from last week’s rates.

What does the mortgage rate mean for you?
Mortgage rates play a vital role in determining your monthly payment. Let's take a look at the avergage interest rates (APR) for April 14, 2024 based on Zillow data for borrowers with a high credit score (680-740) in the United States:

  • For a 30-year conventional loan, the interest rate is 7.09%.
  • If you opt for a 15-year conventional loan, the interest rate stands at 6.29%.
    Using the rates mentioned above, a $279,082 30-year-year mortgage would result in a monthly payment of $1,874. On the other hand, a 15-year mortgage would require a monthly payment of approximately $2,399.

Experience a smooth mortgage process: Shop around and get pre-approved today!
Shopping around for mortgages and getting pre-approved can make your home-buying or refinancing process easier. Ready to take the plunge? Check Out mortgage rates now for the best options available.



KKellybrook, Aug, 2010
The post is informative and interesting. Answers to the questions are relevant and it actually draws readers to the point. The info that FHA does not give loans for the applicants who wish to build the house but will give only to those who are renovating. Even i was unaware if the fact.