How to Get a Construction Loan to Build Your Dream Home

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How to Get a Construction Loan to Build Your Dream Home

Have you got a vision of your dream home in mind? Real estate markets don’t always have the perfect homes, but that doesn’t mean you have give up on your dreams. Although construction loan allow you to modify features to your preference, it is quite different from purchasing a house on a piece of land. Understanding the process of a construction loan is essential before you start.

A standard mortgage is one that you apply for with a specific house as your goal. The mortgage lets you make monthly payments on the principal and interest of the house over a period of time. Typically, you will pay this loan for 15 to 30 years before you can own the house fully.

Two parts are usually required to obtain a construction loan. The first part of a construction loan is a short-term loan that you will pay only the interest for. It can be used for up to a year. This is the amount you will need to pay for the actual building of your house. This money is divided into smaller amounts, known as “draws”, which are paid to the contractor who will build your house.

The loan can then be converted into a permanent loan to finance the purchase of a house. This is a conventional loan where you pay principal, interest and property taxes for the long term, until you are able to purchase the house in its entirety.

The lender will be working closely with you and your contractor throughout the construction loan process to ensure that the building is moving as planned, that it’s being completed with sufficient quality, and that it meets all code and other requirements. This is as crucial to the builder and you as it is for you. The finished house is your security when your construction loan becomes your permanent mortgage.

Building a house can be more complex than buying one. There are many reasons why building delays can happen, such as weather conditions or insufficient materials. The timeline, process, additional fees, delays, and other factors that could occur between you and your lender must be carefully considered. You should also be ready for unexpected costs by having additional funds available for this purpose.

Getting Started

Before you can decide whether a loan for construction is right for you, it is essential to understand exactly what it entails.

You must be financially qualified for the loan and have your plans and contractor reviewed. A local lender such CBC Bank is a good choice. We will get to know you and your plans and guide you through every step of the process so that you can achieve your dreams. By doing this, you will be able to know what to expect, what is required to qualify, as well as what you need to prepare for when you build your dream home. Local lenders are familiar with the area, and they can help you find a builder in your neighborhood. They will help you to make informed decisions about the best homebuilder for you.

Qualifying for and Pre-approval Construction Loan

Pre-approval is essential if you are planning to build your dream house. Prequalification allows you to know what type of loan the lender is willing and able to approve. If you decide to go ahead with the loan application without prequalification, you might find yourself spending a lot of energy, time, and money on plans, specifications, or blueprints you won’t be able to use.

Preapproval for construction loans is longer and more complicated than for standard mortgages. The bank will have collateral if the standard mortgage is approved. Standard mortgages are secured by the house. The lender doesn’t have security for construction loans until the house is finished, so it is worth reviewing.


A lender will ask for proof of financial ability when you apply to a construction loan. This documentation is required:

  • You must provide proof of income (your paycheck)
  • Statements from the bank
  • Employment history
  • Proposed down payment
  • Credit history and credit score

These documents are also needed for a standard mortgage.


For pre-approval , documents regarding the construction and suitability will be required.

  • Plans
  • Specifications
  • Blueprints

Lenders may also ask for financial information about the builder such as cash flow statements and profit and loss statements. They might also want to know how long they have been in business.

Find the Right Lender

When you’re ready to build your dream home, finding the right lender is crucial.

Because you will be working with the lender for a prolonged period of time it is essential to choose an experienced one that you can trust. A seasoned lender will be familiar with construction loans and will offer helpful answers to your questions.

You should consider a community bank as they are more familiarized with local construction and market conditions. A community bank can offer better advice in your local area regarding qualified contractors, possible building delays, and other issues.

Questions to Ask Potential Lenders

Don’t forget to ask questions. Not all banks and lenders are alike. Different lenders might offer different types of loans or requirements. Ask open-ended questions such as:

  • What is your experience with construction loans?
  • Rates are very low right now. Do you offer a fixed rate product to help people get by?
  • What do you do with the permanent mortgage after the construction loan is paid off?

For example, not all lenders offer construction or mortgage loans. A lender such as CBC Bank can save you money and time in appraisals and closing fees. You also have the security and comfort of knowing that you will be working with people who are familiar and knowledgeable about your situation.

Ask about the terms and rates. Current interest rates are low. Make sure your lender offers a fixed rate product. (If you aren’t ready to move forward with the loan process, CBC Bank allows you to track interest rates through RateWatch. This will allow you to stay informed while you house hunt and decide on a loan.

Loan and Building Process

Construction loans cover the entire building process. It is important to remember that you will have to make payments on the first portion of the construction loan before you can live in the house. When the house is built, payments will be made.

Find a Builder

Find a reliable builder is one of the most important steps. In order to be certified as a builder, you will need to obtain house plans.

This is a crucial step, as your partner will be working on your dream home. It is important to be patient in your search for the right partner. A community lender, such as CBC Bank, can offer suggestions for reputable contractors they have worked with previously.

These are the top tips for finding a qualified home builder

Get recommendations from friends, lenders, real estate agents and others.

When interviewing builders, create a pros-and-cons list. How many years of experience does the builder have? What type of homes have they built and how many?

CBC Bank Can Help Build Your Dream Home

  • You may have spent years dreaming about your dream home. It can be thrilling to see it become a reality.
  • CBC Bank has a long history helping families in our community to achieve their goals.
  • Community banks are proud to offer a personal and friendly service to their customers. Local staff and employees can give more detailed advice and provide answers to your questions because they are invested in the community. Community banks have the ability to devote more time to you and to your family, unlike large banks. CBC Bank’s goal in construction loans is to make it as easy and as clear as possible.
  • A lender can guide you through the entire process of obtaining a construction loan. This will ensure that you are confident and comfortable.