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FHA CONDO APPROVAL – PROS/ CONS & MISCONCEPTIONS

What are the benefits of FHA condo approval?

1 FHA condo approval dramatically increases the pool of potential buyers

Statistics show that approximately 60% of new homebuyers intend to use an FHA Loan. If your community does not have FHA condo approval, you potentially limit the buying pool to only 40% of homebuyers. NOTE: These are “regular” buyers – an FHA loan is not associated with low-income HUD programs, such as Section 8. In some counties, an FHA insured loan can reach amounts of $800,000.00 or more. Since the recession, most American buyers are using FHA insured loans, and this will be the trend for years to come.

2 Increased Home Value

FHA approved Condos have a larger pool of prospective buyers, therefore increasing competition and demand for the product. This can result in higher purchase prices and an increase in market value. This will increase the value of units throughout the community.

3 FHA Loans are Assumable

This means that in the future an FHA Loan can be assumed (including the interest rate) by a new buyer. With interest rates at an all-time low, this can be a very valuable asset to an HOA community.

4 Marketability

Some real estate agents won’t show units that aren’t FHA Approved. Being approved sets your community apart from others in your same area.

5 Awareness

Going through the FHA condo approval process gives your Homeowners the sense that you as a Board cares about the community and wants it to thrive. By avoiding the approval process it will hamper your owners when they go to sell their units.

6 Less Renters in the Community

Generally speaking, Buyers who use FHA loans are more likely to reside in the unit, and not rent it out. Conversely, communities without FHA approval will attract buyers that can make large down payments. These buyers are usually investors who will rent the property for a profit.

7 Fiduciary Duty

Board Members and Property Managers are expected to maintain property values in their communities. Several HOA attorneys advise that it is the fiduciary duty of the condo Board to apply for FHA condo approval to maintain or increase property values for residents.

 

What are the cons of FHA Condo Approval?

There are no “cons” to being FHA Certified. Remember, chances are, your community was certified when it was developed. Most communities in the US are currently seeking FHA eligibility, but may not meet the strict FHA guidelines, and will not qualify. Misconceptions regarding FHA Condo Approval:

Misconceptions of Obtaining an FHA Approval

1 Being FHA Certified will bring in “low-income” buyers – FALSE

This is completely false! FHA Condo approval is completely unrelated to affordable housing programs. The FHA can insure loans upwards of $800,000.00 in some areas. Since the recession, most American buyers are using FHA insured loans, and this will be the trend for years to come.

2 FHA Loans caused the mortgage crisis – FALSE

FHA loans are not Sub Prime Loans. Although they do offer lower down payments than traditional mortgages, there are credit score requirements, debt to income analysis, and income verification. Also, in 2009 FHA loans made up about 2% of the loan market, in 2010 they were up to 40% and climbing.

3 The guidelines are too strict and it’s cost prohibitive – FALSE

Well-managed and financially stable communities have no trouble becoming FHA approved. The cost has dropped dramatically since 2010. When the guidelines initially changed, Attorneys were charging upwards of $5,000 to review the documents. My team and I at The Federal Savings Bank work with the Condo Association to obtain all documentation and submit directly to HUD for FHA Approval for a very low fee of $0. That’s correct! I charge $0.00

If you or anyone you know lives in a condo development, call me today!

-Alexander Romo

Senior Vice President -Mortgage Lending

312-738-8430

The Federal Savings Bank

NMLS 217060

 

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About Alex Romo

Alex Romo is one the leaders in the mortgage lending industry. With over 10 years of experience, Alex has grown to be one of the top originating Loan Officers in the country. His extensive knowledge of today's programs and the ability to offer the best options for his clients has earned him a high level of respect with his Realtor partners.

Alex utilizes state-of-the-art client follow-up systems to provide superior service.

Alex specializes in referrals from past clients and works closely with Realtors in Chicago and the south and west suburbs where he has personal knowledge of the communities and neighborhoods.

The powerful combination of mortgage industry expertise, local market sensitivity, and top-notch customer service ensure a smooth transaction experience for clients and real estate professionals alike.

“My favorite part about my career is helping those who dream of homeownership achieve that goal,”

Expert in:
FHA Lending
First Time Home Buying
IHDA/USDA/VA
Credit Repair
Equity Repositioning
Jumbo Lending
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Contact:

Alexander Romo

Senior Vice President
The Federal Savings Bank
300 N. Elizabeth St 3E
Chicago, IL 60607
Office: 312-738-8430
Cell: 773-550-2539
Fax: 312-628-8311
NMLS# 217060

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