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Architectural Design Review

 

Most community associations have a set of guidelines that spell out its architectural design standards and review processes.  These guidelines should reflect a balance between individual rights and the good of the entire association.  They generally explain:

  • The association’s authority to review designs.
  • Changes that must be approved.
  • The design review process.
  • The...
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FHA Reignites Transfer Fee Battle

The Federal Housing Administration recently announced plans to begin disqualifying condominium associations from FHA financing if an association charges a deed-based transfer fee at the time of sale.  This puts FHA at odds with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which earlier this year determined that such fees benefit community associations...

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FHA Issues Waiver on Leasing Restrictions

News items of national interest regarding Condominium and Homeowner associations, compiled by the Community Associations Network

Leasing restrictions have been one area of the FHA condominium guidelines that has caused problems for associations seeking to get FHA approvals. CAI has brought this issue to FHA’s attention and has petitioned FHA to review these criteria. On March 18, 2011, FHA issued a waiver that will provide greater flexibility on leasing restrictions under the FHA condominium insurance program. This means that many condominium associations whose FHA approval was rejected due to rental restrictions may now qualify under the FHA waiver
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CAI Calls on FHA for Stakeholder Input, Transparency in Condo Guidelines

Community Association Institute has reached out to the leadership of FHA to express concern over continued problems and mismanagement of the condominium insurance program. The program requires condo associations to get FHA approval for the entire association in order for any buyer to qualify for FHA financing to purchase a condominium unit. As FHA’s share of condominium mortgages has exploded during the housing crisis from less than 5% to 30% of all mortgages, sound underwriting guidelines and administration are critical to ensure appropriate qualification criteria are adopted. To date, FHA has continued to issue guidance with no public notice or stakeholder input. The result is an increasingly troubled program that is needlessly disqualifying healthy condominium associations and burdening homeowners with added compliance costs.

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