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Thinking of renovating, knocking down, and rebuilding a house, or building your very first home from the ground up? A construction loan might be a good financing option for you.
A construction loan allows you to access money progressively throughout the building process, giving you the freedom to design and build the home you’ve always wanted – without the time constraints and extra, ongoing interest.
Plus, rather than having a lump sum sitting in the bank, you can access funds as you need them, removing the temptation to go over budget or splash out on unnecessary items!
At Watson Mortgages, we help experienced and aspiring homeowners achieve their homeownership goals. Our mortgage brokers can find the best possible interest rate for property development finance — with more than 20 lenders to choose from and close partnerships with local financial planners, lawyers and bankers, we will find a flexible construction loan to suit your needs.
For trustworthy property development finance, contact our experienced and knowledgeable team of mortgage brokers in Newcastle. We’ll provide an obligation-free consultation and help realise the potential for your future home.
What are the pros and cons of a construction loan?
Construction loans are one of the most flexible and convenient financing options for new construction projects. There are a huge range of attractive benefits including:
- You can draw money from the development loan when you need to pay for construction costs (otherwise known as progress payments)
- Because the money is progressively drawn, you will only pay interest on your loan – this gives you a lower monthly obligation and more time to save up.
- You can make additional repayments to your property development loan whenever you like. This allows you to reduce the balance of the loan and lower interest rates over time if and when you have the funds to do so.
Of course, construction loans aren’t for everyone. You will need to consider some downsides, such as:
- Property development finance is only available for houses built and kept for personal investment or residential purposes, not for buildings you intend to immediately sell.
- Due to the flexibility of this kind of loan, most lenders tend to impose higher standards in terms of credit scores and down payments. Your lender will ask for a wide range of documents before they agree to lend development finance.
- Your loan term — no matter how long it is — will start from the moment you are given the loan. For the first few months or years, you will only pay interest on the loan, but when it’s time to start repaying the loan, the lender will include the months (or years) of interest-only payments into your monthly loan payment.
- Construction finance tends to have higher interest rates than regular mortgages.
- You will need to pay back the entire balance at the end of the loan’s term which means you must be prepared and have your own funds ready to go.
Our team of experienced mortgage brokers can help find the best possible deal for your renovation or new home build.
We have an in-depth understanding of all 20 lenders’ requirements, interest rates, and terms, so once we thoroughly understand your construction goals, we’ll match you with the perfect loan to ensure your dream home becomes a reality.
How does a construction loan work?
Property development finance allows for interest-only mortgage repayments for the land prior to construction and interest-only progress repayments during construction.
The funds will be paid directly to your builder in drawdowns after a portion of the work has been completed (like the slab has been laid). This ensures you will only pay interest on the construction loan funds you have drawn down, rather than the entire loan.
Once the build or renovation project has been completed, your construction loan will be converted into a standard variable home loan. Repayments will then be based on the principal and interest.
The amount of time you have to complete construction or renovations varies from lender to lender. Some will provide 12 months for you to complete construction and drawn down on your loan while others offer 24 months.
We will provide more guidance around the construction window as we compare lenders on your behalf.
Contact Watson Mortgages for an obligation-free consultation
Here are just a few benefits of choosing Watson Mortgages for a construction loan in Newcastle:
- We have more than 20 lenders to choose from, meaning we’ll find a flexible construction loan to suit your needs.
- We’ll manage the whole process from start to finish. We’ll help find the right loan, communicate with lenders on your behalf, submit documents and secure a property development loan, and then provide ongoing services and support to simplify the repayment process.
- Our services are complimentary and convenient. Our brokers can meet at your location, or we can have a more formal meeting in our office.
- We’ll find the lowest interest rate possible on your construction loan, so there will be less stress when it comes to your monthly interest payments.
- We have the experience and knowledge to provide mortgage and debt consolidation advice, so you will feel supported and on top of things from day one.
Contact the team from Watson Mortgages for an obligation-free consultation today. We’re committed to achieving your homeownership goals.
Frequently asked questions
Is property development finance right for me?
If you are looking to build a new home but don’t want the burden of a lump sum sitting in the bank, a construction loan might be the best option for you. With a construction loan, you can access money to pay for construction-related costs when needed, rather than being tempted to spend the loan on unnecessary purchases.
Plus, construction loans have the added benefit of being interest-only for the first few months (or even years) of the loan’s term, so you will have less to pay upfront and more freedom during the construction process.
To find out if a construction loan is the best option for your home building journey, contact the team from Watson Mortgages today.
How much can I borrow?
It depends on the lender and the size of the project. The first step is to book a consultation with the team from Watson Mortgages — we can flesh out the details and determine how much you need to borrow based on your construction plans, then we’ll find property development finance to suit your needs.
What documents will I need to provide?
As you go through the building process, different documents will be required. When you apply for a construction loan in Newcastle, we will need the following documents:
- Council-approved plans for the property
- Industry-standard fixed price building contract
- Copy of the property developers and/or builder’s licence
- Copy of the builder’s insurance policy
- Copy of the home warranty insurance certificate.
As each building stage is completed, your builder will request payment for development costs, so you will need to draw funds from your construction loan. To keep your lender informed, you must provide the following documents:
- A signed and completed ‘progress payment request’ form from you
- The builder’s tax invoice for that particular stage on official letterhead with their ABN.
Finally, prior to the completed build, your lender may require:
- An inspection report from the bank’s valuer
- A building insurance policy with the lender, highlighting them as the financier.
Depending on which lender we recommend for you, we will provide more information about what documents are required for the construction loan to go ahead.
What will the interest rate be?
Again, it depends on the lender you choose to go with. With Watson Mortgages, our brokers will find a deal to set you up for success. We will provide recommendations and advice, highlight the pros and cons of each loan, and guide you towards the suitable option for your circumstances.
Do I need to pay a deposit?
Generally speaking, a 20% deposit is required for any loan. If the deposit is less than 20%, the lender will require Lender’s Mortgage Insurance (LMI) which will add to the overall costs.
Lender’s Mortgage Insurance is important to instill confidence in the lender. It insures the lender in the event that the borrower cannot pay their mortgage.
Contact Watson Mortgages for an obligation-free consultation
Ready to start the home building or renovation process? Get in touch with our team of experienced brokers at (02) 4018 7505 to book a consultation today. We’ll find the best deal and most reliable lender for your building project.