The inclusion of straw bale construction in the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) has made it easier to get insurance and lending for straw bale homes. It may not be as easy as getting insurance and lending on conventional homes yet, but we are making major headway.
Perhaps the most commonly asked question about straw bale construction is: “How do I finance it?” Unfortunately, the answer hasn’t gotten much easier over the years as straw bale construction is still considered alternative to the mainstream and, as we all know, banks are not big fans of taking risks on alternative construction techniques. That said, there are some things that you can do to improve your efforts and increase your chance of receiving funding.
An insurance agent in New York State reached out to me yesterday asking for more straw bale homes to insure in the state. Very cool.
We heard from one of our readers, Mary, this week who had been struggling to get a bank loan for her straw bale construction build. She wrote to share the great news that she had received the bank loan and we felt her idea was so creative and easy to replicate that we wanted to share her letter with you.
I am trying to compile as much information as I can about two major subjects as they relate to straw bale construction. The first is mortgages and other straw bale funding options. The second, which I will discuss in another post, is insuring a straw bale project. It’s no secret that the mortgage industry is […]
Regardless of what you think about the insurance industry and how they help or hinder our economy, one thing is true for right now: home owner’s insurance is required in almost every scenario imaginable when building a house and living in it. Of course one can build a house with cash and choose not to […]
As we all know, world financial markets have taken a beating in recent years. “Taken a beating” may be an unfair statement. Perhaps “imposed a beating upon themselves” would be a better way to say it. Personally, I feel like they have created their own fall and should be responsible for their own actions, like the […]
Obviously the real estate market has taken a huge loss around the world and things continue to look bleak. How this affects people wanting to build a straw bale home depends a lot on their local conditions. The first and most obvious place of impact is in the mortgage industry. The industry has tightened the […]
It has been a while since I last gave you some tips on being your own contractor. Today, I will let you know some simple tricks of the trade for dealing with banks or mortgage firms. By the time you are ready to discuss your project with the bank, you will already have a full […]
Finding a home insurance company willing to insure your straw bale home may be difficult or may indeed be impossible. This is not because they are not worthy of insurance but because many insurance underwriters are operating from a place of fear and ignorance. Many underwriters I have heard from have said they could not […]