A construction loan is a short-term loan that provides funds to cover the cost of building or rehabilitating a home.
Construction loans have higher interest rates than longer-term mortgage loans used to purchase homes. The money borrowed through a construction loan is typically provided in a series of advances as the construction progresses. Payments sometimes start on a construction loan six to 24 months after the loan is made.
You can pay off the balance in a lump sum or you may be able to convert the loan to a conventional mortgage loan, though if your construction loan does not automatically convert. You may have to reapply for a new loan. Your choices will depend on your credit history when you apply.