Building a new home can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also be a complex and expensive undertaking. A home construction loan is a type of loan specifically designed to help you finance the cost of building a new home. These loans are typically used to cover the costs of materials, labour and other expenses associated with building a new home.
Read on to find out more about the different types of home construction loans available, the process of obtaining a loan, current rates, and what you need to know to make an informed decision about financing your new home construction project.
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A construction home loan is a type of mortgage loan that is used to finance the construction of a new home or renovation. The loan is typically used to pay for the cost of the land, the cost of the construction, and the cost of any associated fees and permits.
Generally, the loan is dispersed in stages, with funds being released as the construction progresses. Once the home is completed, the home construction loan is converted into a traditional mortgage loan.
Find out more about the different types of home loans in our home loan comparison page.
The terms ‘fixed price’ and ‘cost plus’ refer to the method by which the cost of the construction is determined.
A fixed price contract, also known as a ‘lump sum’ contract, is a contract in which the borrower and the builder agree on a set price for the construction of the home. The builder takes on the risk if costs of materials rise beyond the costs estimated when providing the tender to the borrower for acceptance.
Borrowers should read their building contracts carefully and ensure that they are vetted by a solicitor if there is anything that is not understood before signing.
Not all banks will consider finance for a “cost plus” contract due to the variable nature of the construction costs.
The terms ‘structural’ and ‘non-structural’ refer to the specific elements of the construction project that the loan will be used to fund.
A construction loan will generally be used to fund the cost of a new home construction or major renovation. Items that would indicate a major renovation are altering the foundation, adding or changing beams, roofing, columns, and load-bearing walls. These elements are essential to the structural integrity of the building, and the loan is typically used to ensure that these elements are constructed to meet specific building codes and regulations. Construction loans may have a higher interest rate due to the lender considering it a higher risk.
A regular mortgage loan, on the other hand, will typically be used to fund the cost of non-structural elements or a small renovation, including painting or cosmetic repair of walls, floor covering, ceilings, and finishes. These elements are not necessarily essential to the structural integrity or habitability of the building. This type of home loan might have a lower interest rate as the risk is considered lower, and is generally not subject to progress payments.
The frequency of progress payments for a construction home loan are generally aligned to the stages in the building contract. As the builder meets certain milestones in the construction contract, the bank will release funds to compensate the builder for the work already completed.
The loan funds will be released progressively in line with your building contract and its payment schedule. These payments are known as “progress payments.” All progress payments will be paid directly to your builder upon your approval.
If you’re contributing funds to the construction, these funds will also need to be paid in line with your building contract and its payment schedule and are generally required to be paid before the bank will advance funds from the loan.
Qudos Bank will consider construction loans for borrowers engaging in “Fixed Price” Building Contracts.
You’ll need to provide us with the following documents:
It’s important you supply these as soon as possible to ensure processing your first progress payment isn’t delayed.
Before we can make a payment to your builder, you’ll need to provide us with:
When the invoice is received, we’ll:
We’re required to have your property inspected, so please be aware it could take up to 5 business days to process the payment.
Once construction is complete, you’ll need to provide us with:
If all items are satisfactory, your final payment will be processed and we’ll let you know what your repayments will be.
All documents can be:
T&Cs, fees, charges and lending criteria apply. Rates displayed above are available for new borrowings of $150,000 and over only, owner-occupied, interest only, deposits 20% or more.