Construction Mortgages

Construction mortgages or draw mortgages are financed differently than a traditional home purchase mortgage. With a construction draw mortgage, funds are advanced in draws until the build is completed. With a stick-built home, there are typically 4-5 draws and if the land being purchase one initial draw for the land payout.

A new build can be financed with a minimum down payment of 5%, provided the builder included the land in the offer. If the land is being purchased separately, it will be required to have a 25% down payment. The land will roll into the total purchase price. The first draw of the mortgage will be used to buy the land and pay out the land loan. Construction will continue until all funds are released leaving you to pay only one mortgage.

For example, the land is 100k and the build is 400k so your total cost would be 500k. The down payment for the land at 25% would be 25k. This would be rolled into the total mortgage of 500k so essentially you are only putting down 5% in mortgage financing for the land and the build. A request for the draw is submitted and the lawyer releases the funds to the builder once it is confirmed completely to that phase.

Build Process

The builder you hire to complete the build will submit a quote, specs, and floor plans. This is submitted to the lender for financing approval.

The builder will be responsible for handling all aspects of construction including permits and providing you with Alberta New Home Warranty.

During the build process, you make mortgage payments only on the funds advanced.

Specific details of this are on every mortgage commitment letter.

Advance Stages or Draw Schedule:

Below is common draw schedule used by lenders:

Draw Stage Required Building Completion Construction Stage

1st Draw (Optional) 15% complete Excavation and foundation complete

2nd Draw 40% complete Roof is on, the building is weather protected (i.e. airtight, access secured)

3rd Draw 65% complete Plumbing and wiring is started, plaster/ drywall is complete, furnace installed, exterior wall cladding complete, etc.

4th Draw 85% complete Kitchen cupboards installed, bathroom completed, doors have been hung, etc.

5th Draw 100% complete Ready for occupancy with seasonal and exterior work completed.

Important Things To Note

Prior to each draw being advanced, an inspector will go to the property to ensure the builder is following the building code. This is to ensure each stage is completed with accuracy before releasing funds to the builder.

The cost of the inspections is paid by the borrower. Some banks deduct appraisal and progress inspection fees from each draw.
After your mortgage is approved and signed, you will not able to change the mortgage amount to accommodate any upgrades or changes made to the property.

If getting a new home built is something you have always considered give Mortgage Tailors a call today. Speak to one of our trusted Edmonton mortgage brokers about your mortgage needs. We are always available to answer any questions and help guide you in the home building process.