Construction Loan Rates, Learn What The Banks Don't Tell You!

Construction loan rates, learn the secrets of how to get the current best mortgage rates!

Good construction loan rates can be hard items to find. What is the largest hurdle to jump through when starting any home building project?

Construction Loan Rates Form

That's right.......

You want to qualify for the best daily mortgage rates and construction loans on the market. Acquiring the best mortgage interest rates can be a huge pain without proper planning.

Trust me, you want to have all your documentation together before applying for money from the bank. Absolutely nothing will get an underwriters (banker) attention more than being prepared before applying for a loan.

What documentation allows you to get the best construction loan rates? Here is a list of documents that should create a great construction loan package:

  • Application (given to you by the lender)

  • Your most recent pay stub

  • Two to three years W-2 statements

  • Four months of personal and business bank statements (if you're a business owner)

  • A signed letter of authorization (signed by you for the lender, so they can verify the information on your application)

  • The closing statement from your land purchase (Learn more about the HUD-1 and closing procedures at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act website)

  • Two to three years personal and business (if applicable) tax returns

  • Submit three sets of your home plans

  • Have a complete cost breakdown of your project (supplied by your contractor)

  • Have a complete breakdown of the materials to be used on the project

  • Your insurance carrier's information (see builders risk inusurance for more details)

  • Copies of all permits

  • The signed agreement between you and your contractor

This list is meant to be a sample, as some lenders require more documents upfront than shown above (each lender creates their own standards for what they require).


Ok, you have rubbed your eyes and are now refocused .......right? Stay with me dear reader!

Now let's discuss paying points on construction loans. Points are upfront fee the lender will charge you when your loan package is accepted. One point is equal to one percent of the total loan amount.


Loan amount - $100,000

Lender points - 5 points

You Pay - $5,000 in points (100,000 x 5%)

Points can be broken down into any fraction. It's not uncommon to see someone's loan package charged 4.625 points (4 and 5/8ths). Know that points on a loan package are always negotiable. This is especially true if you use an independent mortgage broker!

Best Mortgage Interest Rates Calculator Use this house payment calculator to figure out how much your mortgage payment will be upon completion of your project!

Naturally your next question before applying to get the best construction loan rates should be:

Should you choose to work with a mortgage broker or go directly to the bank for financing options?

I recommend using an independent mortgage broker (not a bank loan officer). An independent mortgage broker will have access to far more loan programs from different banks. This will allow your broker to pick the loan program that will best suit your needs. A good broker will:

  • Help you present the best loan package

  • Explain the financing process

  • Give you realistic time frames to set your expectations

  • Help you determine your budget and reserve amount

  • Help determine the upper limits of what you can borrow

Independent mortgage brokers only get paid if your loan closes! This incentive naturally makes them more in touch with your needs because they want to get paid.

Let me state this again....

You pay only if the loan closes. You pay for production, what a great concept!

What's your next step after choosing your broker?

Walk into their office and ask:

What type of mortgages are available and what are the construction loan rates?

The majority of loan programs are a variation of the two major construction loan types. The single close construction/Permanent type loan and the double close two loan process.


Which high level concept is better, the single or double close process?

This answer mostly depends on your knowledge and experience. Let's investigate in detail, the two options:

The Single Close Loan

The single close loan has many names:

  • All-in-one loan
  • Construction-To-Permanent (CTP)
  • On Time Close

This loan is the the most user friendly type of construction loan and is best for the first time owner builder.

The major advantage to this type of loan is to only have to quality for financing once. Your construction loan rates and permanent loan rate can all be decided at the beginning of the loan process.

You will not fall victim to market cycles if the economy sinks or rises!

You will not have to research questions such as:

Should I compare fixed mortgage rates ?


What are the upcoming mortgage rates predictions ?


How are mortgage rates determined ?

This all-in-one efficiency allows you to turn your focus to the terms of your permanent financing before you start your home plans project. You will want to get permanent financing with a "FIXED" mortgage rate.

The best fit for you will depend on how quickly you want to pay off your mortgage versus the loan payment you can afford to pay. The two most common types of fixed loans are:

15 year fixed mortgage rates


30 year fixed mortgage rates .

The Double Close Loan

This loan used to be the only type of construction loan you could get before the single close loan became available. The lender will provide you (the builder) with a short term loan strictly for the construction.

After the construction is completed, you will have to refinance your construction loan into a new long term fixed mortgage.

The double close process requires you to find and qualify for a loan a second time at the end of your construction project.

This being stated, you may be able to get better interest rates because the economy may be in a different swing than when you started your project.

All considerations kept in mind, the double close loan is still a gamble because you don't know what your personal circumstances will be when you finish your building project.

Blonde Women Offering Construction Loan House What happens if you get laid off, before you apply for the second long term loan? How will you get financing with no proof of income? These are just things to consider before using a double close loan.

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Always remember to apply for the highest amount possible when qualifying for construction loan rates with lenders. I say this because most projects have over runs or unexpected cost at some point during the construction project. Also, if you get approved for a higher amount, you may not have to put as much of your own money into the Project!

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Now.....Go out there and get the best construction loan and construction loan rates you can possibly afford!

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