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6 Best Construction Mortgage Lenders of 2020

NerdWalletJune 29, 2020

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Construction loans aren't offered by every mortgage provider. We've chosen home construction lenders that rank among the best in several categories.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, getting a construction loan may be a bit of a challenge. Lenders are dealing with high loan demand and staffing issues that may slow down the process. Also, some lenders have increased their fees or temporarily suspended certain construction loan products. If you can’t pay your current home loan, refer to our mortgage assistance resource. For the latest information on how to cope with financial stress during this pandemic, see NerdWallet’s financial guide to COVID-19.

Building a house or buying a new house that's currently under construction, rather than buying an existing home, provides an opportunity for some personalization — at the cost of a certain degree of difficulty. There are options to consider when financing the building phase, as well as for putting a permanent mortgage into place.

Finding an experienced and accommodating new construction lender is essential. NerdWallet has chosen these construction mortgage lenders as standouts.

Summary of Best Construction Mortgage Lenders of 2020

LenderNerdWallet Rating Minimum Credit Score Minimum Down PaymentLearn More

HomeBridge: NMLS#6521

Best for flexible-use construction loans

620

3%

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TD Bank: NMLS#399800

Best for flexible-use construction loans

620

3%

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PrimeLending: NMLS#13649

Best for customer convenience

620

3%

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US Bank: NMLS#402761

Best for face-to-face service

620

3%

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Wells Fargo: NMLS#399801

Best for face-to-face service

620

3%

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BB&T: NMLS#399803

Best for flexible terms

620

3%

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HomeBridge: NMLS#6521

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Min. Credit Score

620

Min. Down Payment

3%


Why we like it

Ideal for borrowers who prefer an online experience. Homebridge offers a variety of home loan options and an online application.

Pros

  • A wide variety of loan types.

  • Low credit score requirements for government-backed loans.

  • A wealth of educational material on its website.

  • Licensed in all 50 states.

Cons

  • Mortgage application can't be tracked online.

  • Charges origination fees on some loans.

  • Limited branch locations.

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TD Bank: NMLS#399800

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Min. Credit Score

620

Min. Down Payment

3%


Why we like it

Good for: East Coast residents looking for low-down-payment mortgages, to work with state housing agencies or to get loans for building or remodeling a home.

Pros

  • Allows 3% down payment without borrower-paid mortgage insurance.

  • Offers specialty loans like construction-to-permanent mortgages and medical professional mortgages.

  • Among the best when it comes to online convenience, including loan process updates.

Cons

  • Available only in states on the East Coast.

  • You'll need to fill out a short form to see potential mortgage interest rates.

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PrimeLending: NMLS#13649

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Min. Credit Score

620

Min. Down Payment

3%


Why we like it

Good for: borrowers looking for closing cost assistance, as well as those seeking to renovate or to build a new home.

Pros

  • Full online application includes document uploads and automated loan updates.

  • Offers a "float-down" interest rate lock.

  • Offers a proprietary closing-cost assistance program.

Cons

  • No online mortgage rates — you have to contact the lender for info.

  • Doesn't offer home equity products.

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US Bank: NMLS#402761

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Min. Credit Score

620

Min. Down Payment

3%


Why we like it

Pros

  • Full line of conventional and government loan products.

  • Considers alternative credit data, like utility bills, in some cases.

  • Offers construction and investment-property loans in some areas.

Cons

  • No personalized rates available online.

  • Not all loan products offered are listed on its website.

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Wells Fargo: NMLS#399801

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Min. Credit Score

620

Min. Down Payment

3%


Why we like it

Ideal for borrowers looking for a national lender with a complete selection of mortgage products for home buyers in all financial stages.

Pros

  • Loan programs to educate and assist first-time home buyers, union members and others.

  • Relocation and employee mortgage programs for many large companies.

  • Accepts down payments as low as 3% on fixed-rate mortgages through its yourFirst Mortgage program.

Cons

  • Government actions and scandals have damaged consumer trust.

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BB&T: NMLS#399803

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Min. Credit Score

620

Min. Down Payment

3%


Why we like it

Ideal for borrowers in the Southeast who want online tools with the option of face-to-face service. BB&T, now part of Truist Financial Corp., offers a full menu of home loans.

Pros

  • Offers a variety of low-down-payment mortgage options

  • Offers construction loans to build a home or make significant renovations to an existing home.

  • Flexible borrowing and payment options for home equity loans and lines of credit.

  • Full suite of online capabilities.

Cons

  • Branches limited mostly to the Southeast.

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Last updated on June 29, 2020

Methodology

NerdWallet's selection of mortgage lenders for inclusion here was made based on our evaluation of the products and services that lenders offer to consumers who are actively shopping for the best mortgage. The six key areas we evaluated include the loan types and loan products offered, online capabilities, online mortgage rate information, customer service and the number of complaints filed with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as a percentage of loans issued. We also awarded lenders up to one bonus star for a unique program or borrower focus that set them apart from other lenders. To ensure consistency, our ratings are reviewed by multiple people on the NerdWallet Mortgages team.

To recap our selections...

NerdWallet's Best Construction Mortgage Lenders of 2020