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If you’re dreaming of building a home that reflects your own individual style, taste and character, then perhaps you’re considering owner building? Being an owner builder can give you so much more control over the end result and it can also save you money, especially if you intend on doing some of the work yourself. Dreaming is one thing, but securing the finance to make your owner builder project a reality is another. Before you go making any financial commitments, it’s very important to establish whether or not you can qualify for an owner builder loan first.
If you’re ready to take the first step towards building your dream home, our construction loan experts are on-hand to conduct a full assessment of your financial situation to determine whether you can qualify for a loan from a range of specialist owner builder lenders on our panel.
Find the right loan for your home
Many lenders are wary of owner builder loans because of the perceived risk of construction delays, cost overruns and non-completions, which is why owner builders are not really spoiled for choice when it comes to finance options. Whilst there are a select number of banks and lenders that do offer owner builder loans, the amount you may be able to borrow can vary significantly between them. Lender selection is critical – get it wrong and you may have to compromise on the size of your home, or the quality of your fittings and fixtures. Worse still, your project may not even get off the ground to begin with.
With access to a range of specialist owner builder lenders all under one roof. Our owner builder loan experts know which of the lenders are most likely to say “yes” to your project, saving you valuable time and helping you avoid unnecessary knock-backs.
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As experienced owner builders ourselves, we know just how rewarding it can be to build your own home exactly the way you want it. Over the years we’ve helped many happy owner builders secure the finance they need to turn their dream homes into a reality, so you can rest assured knowing that you’re in the hands of qualified, experienced and trusted owner builder finance specialists. If you’re considering rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck into your owner builder project, then why not make My Property & Finance your first port of call?
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Owner Builder FAQ's
Matching a customer to the most appropriate lender is similar to fitting pieces together on a very complicated jigsaw puzzle.
Some of the factors we take into consideration include, but are not limited to:
- Your available savings, equity, plus contingency amount;
- The total amount of funds you require for your project;
- Whether you’re a licensed builder, or someone with experience in the building industry;
- Whether you intend on doing any of the work yourself and the value of that work;
- The duration of your current employment;
- Whether there any lender post code restrictions where you intend on building.
We’ll conduct a full assessment of your financial situation to ascertain whether you meet the criteria to qualify for a loan from each of the owner builder lenders on our panel.
Owner builder loans are not embraced by a majority of lenders due to the risk of construction delays and cost overruns. There are only a select number of lenders who offer owner builder loans, and you can expect them to thoroughly scrutinise your application prior to qualifying.
As an owner builder, the finance process may seem daunting, however, with a little bit of planning and with an expert by your side, there is a greater likelihood of your loan application being approved.
One of the key elements to obtaining your owner builder loan approval lies in your ability to demonstrate to the lender that you have costed out your project accurately. This means providing the lender with the evidence.
At My Property & Finance, our construction loan experts will work collaboratively with you to ensure that your budget, costings, quotes, and plans are well prepared, so your finance application can be presented to the lender in the best possible light.
Unlike a regular home loan, the lender will transfer funds to you at the completion of each stage of construction. These fund transfers are known as ‘progress payments’ or ‘construction draw downs’. How these payments are made, vary from lender to lender, but they are usually transferred to you after each stage of your project is completed. As a guide, there are usually five stages of construction:
- Lock-up or Enclosed
- Fixing or Fix-out
- Final or Completion
Once each stage of construction is completed, the lender will instruct a valuer to attend your site to assess the completed works and confirm to the lender that the construction stage has been completed. The lender will then transfer the next progress payment to you.
Because most lenders only release funds when they see works completed, it’s essential to have the funds available in order purchase materials or pay trades as required.
It’s best to talk to us before you enter into any arrangements or financial commitments, in other words, as early as possible. Ideally, it’s best to talk to us before you even purchase your block of land, to ensure your finance is structured correctly.
To apply for a loan as an owner builder, you’ll need to provide more documentation as compared to a traditional mortgage. In addition to the standard documents required for a home loan application, you’ll also need to provide a copy of your:
- Council approved plans
- Owner builder permit (Certificate of Consent)
- Building permit
- Building plans
- An itemised breakdown of the total cost of construction
A copy of your owner builder construction insurance will also be required prior to commencement of construction.
How much you can borrow varies from lender to lender. It also depends on a range of factors, including whether you’re a licensed builder, or whether you’ve had previous experience as an owner builder, what your income level is, how much equity you currently have available, and the list goes on…
Your proposed project, as well as your financial circumstances will need to be thoroughly assessed to determine the amount of money you could potentially borrow. However, as a general rule of thumb, if you are a licensed builder, or if you can obtain supervision from a licensed builder, then you may be able to borrow up to 80% of the “on completion value” of your property for a full doc loan. If you don’t have any prior experience in building, the amount you could borrow can vary anywhere from 40% – 75% of the “on completion value” of your property.
Owner builder lending is a very complex and specialised field of the construction finance market – one in which we have particular expertise. lf you want to give your application the best possible chance of success, it’s important to enlist advice and support from a trusted, qualified and experienced owner builder finance specialist – someone who is familiar with the nuances of the industry and who understands which lender is more likely to say yes.
People assume owner builder loans are more expensive but, in most cases, they’re priced similarly to regular home loans.
No! Please do not start building until you have received formal finance approval!
Lenders will generally not accept your application if you’ve already started your project. Likewise, if you run out of money, they are unlikely to lend you more.
While your construction loan is in progress, you’ll generally only be asked to make repayments on money that has actually been drawn down. This means you will only be charged interest on the amount used and not the full approved loan amount. Repayments will be smaller at the start of your loan, and will gradually increase as your project approaches completion.
Most lenders only require interest payments on the loan during the construction phase. After completion, the loan repayments revert to a standard principal and interest loan.
Budgeting your project accurately is critical! If you run out of money, your recommended lender may be unwilling to lend you any more. If you anticipate running out of funds, contact My Property & Finance immediately and we’ll do our best to work out how to assist you.
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Call My Property & Finance on 1300 672 633, or submit your details and one of our Mortgage Specialists will contact you within 24 hours (Mon - Fri) to chat about your finance options.
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How we can help you!
Provide expert advice and guidance
We’ll discuss your current financial position, requirements and objectives, so we can gain a thorough understanding of your goals in relation to your owner builder project.
Calculate how much you can borrow
After we’ve collected some paperwork and personal details from you, we’ll calculate your borrowing capacity based on your income, expenses, credit history, current savings, deposit and available equity in your land.
Improve your chances of qualifying
We’ll work collaboratively with you to ensure that your budget, costings, quotes, and plans are well prepared so we can present your finance application to the recommended lender in the best possible light.
Compare options from a range of specialist owner builder lenders
We’ll compare the most competitive owner builder finance options from a range of specialist lenders on our panel and match you to the loan that best suits your needs!
Provide a checklist to ensure you collect all the right documents
We’ll provide a simple checklist, so you’ll know exactly what information and documentation you need to present for your owner builder finance application to proceed successfully.
Handle the paperwork, negotiations and details
We’ll handle all the paperwork required for your application, then we’ll liaise with the lender on your behalf until your loan is approved and your owner builder project is complete.