Custom Builders

Sharp Real Estate Services works with the best in Atlanta and Blue Ridge, GA. From award winning architects, interior designers and custom home builders.

Contact Us if you own a lot or are thinking of purchasing property to build a custom home. We several custom home builders including a home builder of the year that can take you from start to finish on time and on budget.

Are you building with cash or looking for financing? If you are planning to finance you should learn more about your options with Construction-to-Permanent Financing.

BB&T currently offers competitive packages for these types of loans. Here are the guidelines explained from the BB&T website:

Review Your Eligibility

One of the qualifications of a construction-to-permanent loan is that your new home must be an owner-occupied primary residence or a second residence. The property type must be a one-unit, single-family detached home. BB&T Home Mortgage also requires the use of a licensed builder in the construction of your home.

Understand Your Loan Options

When you are ready to begin the application process, contact a BB&T mortgage professional. Your professional will walk you through the interest rates, loan options and loan terms available. Loan products include fixed rate, adjustable rate and interest only loans. Your professional will help you determine which is best suited to your situation.

Complete an Application

The application process is not much different than applying for a standard home loan. In addition to the usual financial information, your professional will also request:

  • A copy of the construction agreement with your builder, which must specify the cost of your home including options, upgrades and lot value
  • If applicable, a land contract for the lot on which your house will be built
  • A copy of the floor plan and facade of the house if applicable
  • A deed to the lot, if applicable

A decision is typically rendered within 48 hours. Your representative will draft a loan commitment document outlining the details of your loan. You will receive this document at closing, but will be provided with a copy in advance for review.

Meet Closing Requirements

At your closing, you will need sufficient cash to cover the closing costs and minimum down payment associated with the purchase of the lot on which you home will be built. If you already own the lot, BB&T will consider equity in that property as a source for meeting down payment requirements. If your home site needs a well and/or septic tank, BB&T requires proof of site tests prior to closing.

Obtain Homeowners Insurance

Prior to the first draw on your loan, you must provide BB&T Home Mortgage a copy of a standard 12-month prepaid homeowners insurance policy, which must include “builder’s risk coverage.” This coverage protects you from financial responsibility for any damage, theft or liability that may occur while your home is under construction.

Begin Drawing on Your Loan

Down payment funds that remain after closing will be paid to your builder at the start of construction. When these funds are exhausted, you can begin drawing funds from your loan to pay construction costs. You will not start making interest payments until you begin using these loan funds. Your payments during the construction phase are interest-only and are calculated based upon the outstanding loan balance.

Manage Cost Overruns

It’s not uncommon for a homeowner to make modifications or upgrades to the original plans when building a new home. If this occurs during the construction of your new home, you must pay any cost increases that result from such changes. Remember, original loan amount can be reduced prior to modification to your permanent loan but may not be increased.

Pay for Home Inspections

Generally, BB&T Home Mortgage requires four to six inspections of your home during the construction phase. To cover these inspection costs, appropriate funds will be disbursed per a predetermined arrangement with your builder.

Modify to Your Permanent Mortgage

The construction period concludes when BB&T receives the final completion certificate and occupancy permit, or its equivalent, from the local governing jurisdiction, and when BB&T performs a final inspection of the property. Shortly after your home is completed, we will modify your construction loan into the permanent mortgage you have chosen.

Establish Your Escrow Account

Escrow accounts for real estate taxes and insurance will be established after your home is completed and after your loan modifies to the permanent loan. You will be responsible for all tax and insurance payments during the construction phase. Also, when your construction loan is modified to the permanent mortgage, you will be responsible for the reserves needed to establish your escrow account. (end)