Beginner’s Guide To Building A Starter Home
Priority 1 Lending
Priority 1 Lending
Published on June 9, 2023
Beginner’s Guide To Building A Starter Home

Beginner’s Guide To Building A Starter Home

Priority 1 Lending: A Comprehensive Guide to Constructing Your Starter Home

Verify my mortgage eligibility (May 19th, 2024)

At Priority 1 Lending, we believe in empowering homebuyers at every step of their journey. Today, we delve into an exciting possibility for first-time homeowners - constructing your very own starter home. Building a home from scratch may seem daunting, but with the right preparation, guidance, and financial planning, it can be a rewarding venture. Let’s break down the process and explore how Priority 1 Lending can help.

Understanding the Concept of a Starter Home

A starter home is typically a first-time homebuyer’s stepping stone into the housing market. It’s often smaller and more affordable than the ‘dream home’ they might aspire to later in life, but it provides the opportunity to build equity and progress on their homeownership journey.

Verify my mortgage eligibility (May 19th, 2024)

Steps to Constructing Your Starter Home

Building your starter home involves several phases, each with its unique requirements and considerations.

  1. Establish Your Budget: Before diving into design ideas, determine how much you can afford to spend. Include the cost of land, construction, interior furnishings, contingencies for unexpected expenses, and of course, the cost of your mortgage.
  2. Secure Financing: Priority 1 Lending can guide you through securing a construction loan, which differs from a traditional mortgage. Once the home is complete, you can refinance this into a standard home loan.
  3. Choose Your Land: Purchase a plot of land suitable for construction. Consider factors like location, size, terrain, local amenities, and potential resale value.
  4. Design Your Home: Collaborate with an architect or a building company to design a home that suits your needs, budget, and lifestyle. Prioritize functionality and efficiency for your starter home.
  5. Hire a Builder: Choose a reliable, experienced builder. Ensure they understand your vision and have a solid reputation for quality work and meeting deadlines.
  6. Oversee Construction: Regularly check in on the construction progress. This allows you to catch any potential issues early and ensure the project stays within budget and on schedule.
  7. Close Out: Once construction is complete, your builder will walk you through the home to note any minor issues that need fixing. Once these are addressed, you’re ready to move in!

Advantages of Building a Starter Home

Verify my mortgage eligibility (May 19th, 2024)

Constructing a starter home from scratch comes with numerous benefits:

  1. Customization: You can personalize your home to fit your needs and tastes, rather than adapting to a pre-existing layout.
  2. Efficiency: New homes often mean new appliances and systems, which can be more energy-efficient and cost-effective in the long run.
  3. Emotional Satisfaction: There’s a unique sense of accomplishment and connection to a home you’ve had a hand in creating.

Securing Financing with Priority 1 Lending

Financing a new construction is different from buying a pre-existing home. Construction loans are short-term loans that cover the cost of building your home. Once construction is complete, you’ll need to refinance the construction loan into a traditional mortgage.

Verify my mortgage eligibility (May 19th, 2024)

At Priority 1 Lending, we can guide you through this process. We’ll help you understand the terms of your construction loan and work with you to secure a mortgage that fits your financial situation once your home is built.


Constructing your own starter home can be an exciting and rewarding journey. It provides a unique opportunity to create a space that’s truly yours, while also establishing your footing in the real estate market.
At Priority 1 Lending, we’re committed to helping you navigate this complex process, ensuring you have the knowledge and resources necessary to make informed decisions. From understanding the ins and outs of construction loans to securing the best mortgage for your needs, we’re with you every step of the way on your journey to homeownership.

Show me today's rates (May 19th, 2024)
Priority 1 Lending
Priority 1 Lending Metro Detroit's
Click to Call or Text:
(734) 720-8700