Can you get insurance and/or a mortgage on a straw bale home?

Absolutely! This is not to say it will be the easiest thing to do in the world but many straw bale home builders have taken out mortgages and have gotten their homes fully insured. Your success in dealing with banks and insurers will largely depend on the person whom you are dealing and your ability to assemble the proper documentation, engineer-approved plans, a building permit, and a realistic, well-documented budget – to support your project.