Any time we’re making a purchase of this magnitude, we want to be very confident about how the money end of things is going to work.

There’s 2 common questions we get when it comes to the financial part of a custom build:

  1. What is the payment schedule?
  2. What type of financing should I get?

Let’s start with the payment schedule.

Before we take any deposits from our clients, we like to spend some time getting to know what your wants and needs are so we can put together a budget estimation for your future build. This estimate will be based on the information you’ve provided, such as, size, types of finishes, location and complexity.

The purpose of this budget estimation is to ensure that what we’ll be designing will fit your budget. We often meet with clients who have spent thousands of dollars on complete engineered blueprints, only to find out the cost to build that particular blueprint is way outside their budget.

Once we’ve put together the budget pricing and you’re comfortable with where the costs will end up, we take a $2,500 deposit to start designing your custom dream home or cottage. This design will be unique to you as we never build the same home twice.

If you already have an engineered plan, we can skip the design process and move straight to providing you with a full quote to complete your build.

When the design is complete, we then put together a full quote which outlines the exact costs of the build. Once you’ve accepted the quote, we create a contract for the build based on that value and take a 10% down payment on the contract value. The plan will then be submitted for permits.

The full payment schedule is as follows:

  1. $2,500 design deposit (unless you already have complete drawings)
  2. 10% down payment, based on contract value (minus $2,500 if you gave a design deposit)
  3. 30% payment when the roof of the project is complete
  4. 30% payment when the drywall (or other interior wall finish) is complete
  5. 30% payment at completion (possession)

Now for part 2. What type type of mortgage do I get and how do the payments work with my bank?

The type of mortgage you will need is called a builders mortgage. While the exact parameters will vary slightly depending on the financial institution, the process is the same.

The steps for a builders mortgage are as follows:

  1. Visit your financial institution to ask any questions you may have and get a pre approval (this way, you will know the budget you’re working with). If you don’t have a preferred financial institution, contact us and we’d be happy to recommend one.
  2. Once you have a signed contract, you’ll present that to your financial institution, and they will build your mortgage, including the value and payment schedule, based on that contract.
  3. At the predetermined payment points, your lender will release the appropriate payment. The money trail will look like this:

  • Your bank to your lawyer
  • Your lawyer to Pine Creek lawyer
  • Pine Creek lawyer to Pine Creek Homes

At the stage when the money reaches Pine Creek’s lawyer, the lawyer will hold back 7% of all payments as per the builders lien act. This is for the protection of the client in the event that a builder didn’t pay one of their trades and a lien was put on the property.

At the time of possession, the homeowner would sign a document saying that the project is complete. There is then a 40 day waiting period before the 7% is released from the lawyers.

If you have any further questions regarding financing for your custom build, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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