Building or major renovation projects can be challenging, especially when it comes to cash flow. Our Construction Loan can make the process easier, ensuring funds are available so your project can be completed smoothly.
What are construction loans?
Our construction loans are straight-forward home loans with additional building conditions that ensure funds are available when you need them. We can tailor our products to suit your needs.
Features of our construction loans include:
- Availability to fund construction of new homes or major renovations of existing structures
- 12 months to complete a project (option to extend, if needed)
- Progressive draw down at each stage of a project, so you’ll only pay interest on funds drawn down
- ‘Interest-only’ payments applicable throughout a project, reverting to ‘Principal & Interest’ upon completion
What are the benefits?
Construction loans allow you to access a portion of approved funds as your project progresses, rather than the full amount in a lump sum. Funds are typically drawn at each major stage of your project, meaning you’ll only pay interest on what you have drawn down.
‘Interest-only’ repayments throughout the project will also help keep costs down as your project progresses.
No matter how complicated your project may be, we can structure your loan to suit your needs.
Typical construction project
Serving as a general guide, the table below outlines what is involved in the typical building (or major renovation) project.
|Construction Stage||What’s involved?|
|Groundwork||Loan pre-approval, planning, permits, utility connection, insurance, etc.|
|Foundation||Concrete slab / footings and base brickwork|
|Frame||House frame completed, with approval from surveyor / inspector|
|Lock-up||Installation of windows, doors, roofing, exterior fixtures and insulation|
|Finishings||Cabinetry, appliances, plumbing, electrical, flooring, plastering, painting, etc.|
|Completion||Fencing, clearing site and final payment. This may also include additional contracted works (eg. landscaping).|
Progressive drawdowns and inspections
An ‘as if complete’ valuation (estimated market value of land and proposed building / renovation) will be required once your loan is pre-approved. Follow-up inspections and valuations may be necessary to ensure your project is proceeding as per plan and budget.
We will also work with you to establish a progressive payment schedule, guiding release of approved funds at each stage of construction. Builders’ invoices and progress claim certificates may be required to issue funds to your registered builder. Itemised invoices and receipts along with other conditions, may be required where you are an owner-builder.
Free property report
Searching for a home but need a hand? We can produce research reports, complete with suburb details designed to help you at the negotiating table. The reports cover recent sales details, median house prices, as well as a profile of the suburb you’d love to live in. Simply ask us for a free property report.
Interest rates and fees
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