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A loan to finance the building of your new home
We can simplify this process with a UTXCU Construction Loan:
- Flexible terms with fixed and adjustable rate options
- You only pay interest for the first twelve months
- Save time and money by paying closing costs only once
Our loan specialists offer construction loans with highly personalized service to individuals throughout Bexar, Kendall, Comal, and Tarrant Counties. Enjoy competitive rates, a streamlined process, and your own construction loan advisor to help you throughout the process.
The Pros & Cons of Building a New Home
While there are a few important choices to make during the home-buying process, one of the very first decisions you’ll need to make is whether you’ll buy an existing home or build a new one. Building a new home can be exciting and offers many advantages, but it also has drawbacks when compared to purchasing an existing home.
To help you figure out if building a home is the right choice for you, consider the pros and cons of both options.
Some advantages of building a new home are:
- Designed to your style. You have more control to choose the architectural style (such as contemporary, Victorian, Mediterranean, Tudor, ranch, etc.) that suits your preferences with a custom home.
- Custom floor plan. If you manage to catch a builder right before they start a new house, you might have the ability to alter the plans somewhat. On the other hand, you get greater floor plan flexibility by building a brand-new home entirely from scratch.
- When you build a new home, certain items — like appliances — will come with new warranties. Also, typically the builder will offer a warranty (for example, 12 months) on any type of building defects.
- Finishes and upgrades. You’re able to choose the cabinets, hardwood floors, appliances, crown moldings, buildouts, and more, according to your specifications and preferences.
- Never lived in. There’s something to be said about moving into a house where no one has ever lived. Everything is brand new, and you won’t have to deal with an older home’s wear and tear.
Some drawbacks of building a new home are:
- More costly to build a brand-new house. While building a new home provides you with more design flexibility, it is usually more expensive than if you were to buy an existing home.
- When you’re building new, your desired location may be more limited. You might have to locate land and potential property that may result in additional costs for tearing down an existing home before new construction can begin.
- After you’re pre-approved by a lender, you can begin to tour existing homes, make offers, and move in shortly after your offer is accepted. On the flip side, building a home can take significantly more time before it is move-in ready.
- Existing houses might have desirable amenities that previous owners installed, like a patio, a three-season room, or a pool.
- Costly landscaping. In many cases, building a home happens on an undeveloped lot, which can lead to higher landscaping costs initially.
While there are definitely perks to building a new home, the cost will typically be much higher. But, if you can locate a house that a builder just started, you’ll have a more flexible design process and will be able to select upgrades without the higher expense of having to start from scratch.
We’re Here to Help!
Purchasing an existing home and building a custom home are both big financial decisions as well as long-term commitments. Don’t rush through the process. Discuss your options with a reputable realtor and stop by any of our locations or call 1-800-531-8456 to review your financing options.
Our home loan team is here to help answer all your questions and help guide you through the entire home-buying process.
From our Blog
What types of Construction Loans do you offer?
We offer three options:
One-Time Close Construction – Combines the construction loan and final mortgage into one loan, saving the time and money associated with a second closing
Two-Time Close Construction – Uses two separate closings with two separate sets of closing documents, allowing an opportunity to change to a lower rate once construction is complete. This option is more change-order-friendly.
Renovation Loan – Allows the borrower to put repair and renovation costs into the mortgage loan.
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Construction Loans Why United Texas
- Easy online application
- Fast pre-approvals
- Personal construction loan advisor
- Competitive interest rates
- Fast loan closing
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Construction Loans How it Works
Starting your construction loan with us is fast and easy:
Become a member of United Texas. All you need to do is open a savings account with a minimum deposit of $5.
Apply online to get pre-qualified.
One of our knowledgeable construction loan advisors will reach out to you to walk you through the rest of the process.
We’ll contact you to coordinate your closing date.
If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us.
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