FHA Tip "Max Financing Allowed when Building on Own Land" The secret is that the borrower can not receive any cash out in order to obtain maximum financing. Read the 4155
Building on Own Land. If the borrower acts as a general contractor, and builds a house on land that the borrower already owns, or acquires land separately, maximum financing is available if the borrower receives no cash from the settlement. The appropriate LTV limits are applied to the lesser of:
1. The appraised value; or
2. The documented acquisition cost of the property, which includes: (a) the builder's price, or the sum of all subcontractor bids, materials, etc.; (b) cost of the land (if the land has been owned more than six months or was received as an acceptable gift, the value of the land may be used instead of its cost); (c) interest and other costs associated with any construction loan obtained by the borrower to fund construction of the property; (d) the closing costs to be paid by the borrower; and (e) reasonable discount points.
Equity in the land (value or cost, as appropriate, minus the amount owed) may be used for the borrower's entire cash investment. However, if the borrower receives more than $250 cash at closing, the loan is limited to 85 percent of the sum of the appraised value and allowable closing costs. Replenishment of the borrower's own cash expended during construction is not considered as "cash back," provided the borrower can substantiate with cancelled checks and paid receipts all out-of-pocket funds used for construction.