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New Condo Financing Options

New Condo Financing Options

Mortgage 1 has expanded the guidelines their Condo financing options. A condominium complex can be grouped into one of two mortgage categories warrantable and non-warrantable.  A condo complex is considered non-warrantable when they fail to meet criteria by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to allow for a more traditional mortgage financing.

Factors that can create a non-warrantable condo development:

  • The complex is not 100% complete. Confirm this with the builder and/or homeowners association.
  • The complex is less than 90% sold out.
  • There are restrictions on the number of condos that can be owned by a single investor or entity.
  • At least 50% of the properties in the condo complex must be primary residences or second homes.
  • Homeowners Association Lending Rules.
  • Control of the association has been transferred from the builder to the owners in the complex.
  • Other budget complex budget requirements and required types of insurance.
  • Restrictions on the number of homeowners in the association cannot be delinquent on their dues.
  • The HOA cannot be named in any current lawsuits.
  • More

Condo FHA or VA Approval

FHA and VA take much of the guesswork out of whether the condo can be approved or not through an approved complex list. While Mortgage 1 is ultimately responsible for approving applications, the FHA and VA need to approve each complex individually to allow conventional financing.

The other option is the “non-warrantable” financing option. That is normally kept by the initial lender as part of its investment portfolio.  While the rates can be slightly higher for this type of financing the sale price of the condo is normally lower. Borrowers will typically provide a larger down payment sometimes as much as 30 percent.

The biggest concern for buyers of a non-warrantable condo is if it’s a good investment for their money. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac require a lot of qualifications to consider a condo warrantable – and some of those red flags should make condo buyers carefully consider this type of purchase.

New Condo Financing Options

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