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How long is a formal approval for a construction loan usually valid for?

Discussion in 'Property Finance' started by Natedog, 21st Mar, 2016.

  1. Natedog

    Natedog Well-Known Member

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    Hi all,

    Assuming we have a signed building contract, valuation stacks up etc.

    If we get a formal approval for a construction loan, how long is it valid for?

    is it 6 months the limit to when the first drawdown has to occur by ? Am looking at ANZ specifically as that is who the loan is with currently.(it's a knock down and rebuild scenario)

    Any info is appreciated, I could wait and find out tomorrow, but am impatient :)
     
  2. Terry_w

    Terry_w Solicitor, Finance Broker, CTA Business Member

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    Once you have signed I would have thought 30 years. Not sure if there is any requirement for construction to commence within a certain time frame - but there must be.
     
  3. sanj

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    I'd think so too, I assume even if a small deposit was paid to the builder it woulf constitute the construction loan being "active" but I don't really have anything specific to base that on
     
  4. Peter_Tersteeg

    Peter_Tersteeg Finance broker and strategist Business Member

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    I think once it's set up the loan account is actually in place there isn't a real limit. There's probably something deep in the terms and conditions, but I've never seen this executed (and I've seen a construction take up to 6 months to get started).

    @tobe is the guru of all things construction. He might have some insights.
     
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  5. S1mon

    S1mon Well-Known Member

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    ive got one settled with choicelend and asked that question recently, and they said no time limit to start drawdowns
     
  6. Natedog

    Natedog Well-Known Member

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    Just found a CBA construction loan fact sheet online which says construction must commence in 6 months and be completed in 24 months.

    I'll post on here if I get any confirmation from ANZ tomorrow how they operate.

    Cheers all
     
  7. tobe

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    Most lenders have something between 6 and 12 months to start and 24 to end, once the loan has started drawing with the land settlement, or in this case refinance.

    If the land isn't settled, the approval only last 3 to 6 months depending on the lendr and mortgage insurer.

    Most land developers also have time limits to start and finish building (though this post is about a knock down).
     
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  8. Natedog

    Natedog Well-Known Member

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    Yep,

    Confirmed with ANZ today construction start within 6 months of formal approval of loan is required.
     
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  9. Rolf Latham

    Rolf Latham Inciteful (sic) Staff Member Business Plus Member

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    AMP and NAB are both complete within 12mths

    ta
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