An important option to consider when looking to build  a new home in Tennessee is utilizing the VA / FHA One-Time Close construction loan.  Zillow® reports the TN medium home value reached $312,078 at the end of second quarter of 2023. Home Purchase and Refinance Loans

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Tennessee Homebuyers Turn to Construction Loans to Build Homes

August 3, 2023

FHA / VA / USDA One-Time Close construction loans are an important option to consider for those looking to build  a new home in Tennessee. Zillow® reports the TN medium home value at approximately  $312,078 for the year-to-year period ending in the second quarter of  2023.  

These government backed construction loans are important options to consider for those looking to build a new home.  The Tennessee housing market is an excellent place to start thinking about building a home from the ground up with this single-close mortgage.

As of today’s market, the increase in housing demand has created an inventory shortage and a good reason for borrowers to consider a construction loan.  Building a home to suit your needs is a great alternative than trying to find the one perfect home in a competitive resale market.  See Tennessee's FHA lending limits for each county.

The State of Tennessee is broken down into 10 MSA's or Metropolitan Statistical Areas which is a geographical region with a relatively high population density at its core and close economic ties throughout the area.  In TN, these are broken down into the following:  Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Kingsport, Bristol, Clarksville, Johnson City, Morristown, Jackson, and Cleveland.

One-Time Close Construction to Permanent Loans are offered for new site stick build housing, new modular construction, and new manufactured construction.  While the State of Tennessee split into MSA’s, these Single-Close construction loans are available in all 95 TN counties.  One Time Close mortgages are a major improvement over the old construction loan process that forced borrowers to apply for not one, but TWO loans; one for the payment for labor, materials, and construction of the home and another loan that covers the actual mortgage.  These construction loans have a single application and closing date.

No mortgage payments are required during the construction phase of the One-Time Close loan, and the borrower is protected from failing to qualify for a second loan and from rising interest rates during the construction phase.

Guidelines for this loan are similar to those of a regular home purchase, yet lenders will require a minimum middle score from the three bureaus of 620.  Employment and income verifications require a two-year work history and recent pay stubs & W2's.  For self-employed borrowers, federal income tax returns for a two-year period are needed.

Soaring prices, short inventory, what is a borrower to do?  The answer is build a home on your own lot with a One-Time Close construction loan.

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Please note that investor guidelines for the FHA and VA One-Time Close Construction Program only allows for single family dwellings (1 unit) – and NOT for multi-family units (no duplexes, triplexes or fourplexes). In addition, the following homes/building styles are not allowed under these programs, including but not limited to: Kit Homes, Barndominiums, Log Cabin Homes, Shipping Container Homes, Stilt Homes, Solar (only) or Wind Powered (only) Homes, Dome Homes, Bermed Earth Sheltered Homes, Tiny Homes, Accessory Dwelling Units, or A-Framed Homes.

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1. Send your first and last name, e-mail address, and contact telephone number.

2. Tell us the city and state of the proposed property.

3. Tell us your and/or the Co-borrower’s credit profile: Excellent – (680+), Good - (640-679), Fair – (620-639) or Poor- (Below 620). 620 is the minimum qualifying credit score for this product.

4. Are you or your spouse (Co-borrower) eligible veterans? If either of you are eligible veterans, down payments as low as $0 may be available up to the maximum amount your debt-to-income ratio per VA will allow – there are no maximum loan amounts as per VA guidelines. Most lenders will go up to $1,500,000 and review higher loan amounts on a case-by-case basis. If not, the FHA down payment is 3.5% up to the maximum FHA lending limit for your county.

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