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...
Condominiums are feeling the pinch of the Federal Housing Administration’s new certification requirements as many find themselves ineligible for FHA approval. That’s left owners and buyers without the option of cheaper FHA mortgages.
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.
News items of national interest regarding Condominium and Homeowner associations, compiled by the Community Associations Network