Construction Loan?

daygooseApril 7, 2009

I was talking to my (potential) lender about getting a construction loan and all that he could tell me was that it is going to be very hard to get a construction loan and I would have to talk to local banks to find one. Does this sound about right? So my question is... where did you get your construction loan and what percent did you have to put down?


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I think it depends on where you are located. I am in NC..I had a hard time finding a lender for homeowner as well. Finally, I found Carolina Farm Credit. Good Luck to you.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2009 at 3:40PM
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I am in Tulsa & just got one. Had good credit & had all regular loan type documents. It was a local bank.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2009 at 8:33PM
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Wells Fargo actually laughed at me. I was also scoffed at by Bank of America, Washington Mutual, and a few others. I, too, had success with a local bank. They did my construction (OB, and we are small business owners) loan, and also my refi, giving me a .75% credit on points when we did (so I'm paying 1.5 points instead of 2.25). When we did our construction loan, the bank accepted letters explaining both our business finances as well as our qualifications to build a home even though we had not done so before. No big bank would do that. The decisions are made on a local level, so the people that know me are the ones in charge.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2009 at 1:02AM
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We got ours through Central Bank. I'm in KY but I'm pretty sure they have banks in other states.

The only other place that would give us the construction loan was a small local bank way out in the boonies. They had great terms but were too far from us.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2009 at 7:35AM
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Harris Bank in Chicago. We previously did mortgages with them and were very happy with their service.
Citibank primly said "we are not doing construction loans at this time."

Here is a link that might be useful: My home construction blog

    Bookmark   April 9, 2009 at 9:05AM
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You will have to go local. Funny thing,, Wells Fargo gave us the most grief but at closing the permanent financing they were more the willing to pick up our mortgage.
Go figure.
We used a local bank. They were more than happy and after I submitted the first 2 draws, things went like clockwork.

Keep up the faith

    Bookmark   April 10, 2009 at 8:25AM
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