Construction loan?

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DaveThompson
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Construction loan?

Post by DaveThompson » 31 Dec 2016, 14:26

What is the best way, if any, for a person who is not a licensed GC to get a construction loan for building their own house?
Most of the big banks want you to have a GC or licensed builder before loaning you any money. Example: I went to the bank and they pre approved me for the mortgage loan but really shied away from the construction loan questions.
Any thoughts?

Steph
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Re: Construction loan?

Post by Steph » 02 Jan 2017, 02:41

Most will want proof of proficiency and 20% down.. both are difficult to do. Start with a mortgage broker - they will have more resources to choose from.

madarry
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Re: Construction loan?

Post by madarry » 10 Jan 2017, 21:39

Call around and you should find a bank that is willing to finance owner/builder loans. Check with "Help You Build" type companies and see who they use. Some banks will even count sweat equity as part of the down payment. It is much easier however to obtain a loan if your building lot is paid for.

We were able to obtain a construction loan without problems at a good rate and we will be the owner/builder without a contractor licensee. One factor I'm sure that made it easier for us is that our lot is fully paid and we will have a considerable amount of our own money in the home.

As mentioned our bank required a proficiency statement from us. We had to write a summary explaining to the bank why we were qualified to act as our own contractor. I do have experience working with subcontractors, contractors, and have successfully completed many DIY projects.

We also have hired a contractor that we pay as a consultant by hours used and that also helped relieve some of the banks concerns. So far we have paid him about 20 hours.

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