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Construction Loan
Construction glossary

What is a Construction Loan?

A construction loan is a type of short-term financing that is specifically designed for construction projects. It serves as a provisional line of credit that covers the costs of labor and materials during the construction phase of a project. Unlike traditional mortgage loans, construction loans are not delivered in a lump sum. Rather, the lender provides money in stages, known as draws, as each phase of the construction process is completed. This is to ensure funds are suitably used and spent efficiently. Once the project is finished and ready for occupancy, the borrower often obtains a more standard, long-term mortgage to replace the temporary construction loan. This financial tool combines flexibility and control, making it an ideal option for developers and builders in the construction industry.