Interagency FAQ on Residential Tract Development Lending
September 26, 2005
Circular No. 11735
To All Depository Institutions and Others
Concerned in the Second Federal Reserve District:

The Federal Reserve and the other federal financial institutions regulatory agencies have jointly issued a FAQ (frequently asked questions) on appraisal regulations and lending requirements when financing residential construction in a tract development.

FAQ topics include

  • definition of residential tract development, including clarification on a residential unit and pre-sold unit,
  • appraisal requirements for residential tract development, raw land, residential lots and condominium buildings,
  • clarification on loan amount and collateral value for purposes of calculating the loan-to-value ratio for residential tract development loans,
  • acceptable use of an appraisal of a model home,
  • underwriting characteristics of a revolving line of credit in which a borrowing base sets the availability of funds to the borrower, and
  • appraisal requirements for transactions financing the construction of single-family homes in a residential tract development.

Federal Reserve notice SR 05-14 OFFSITE

Caroline T. Frawley
Vice President
Risk Management
(212) 720-1215