New Stricter FHA Condominium Regulations Set To Go Into Effect Nov. 2

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Under revised guidelines which were to be effective October 1, 2009 but now delayed until November 2, 2009, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is implementing a new stricter approval process for condominiums to be eligible for FHA financing. Like the Fannie Mae regulations issued earlier in the year, the new FHA guidelines will surely slow down condominium mortgage financing, and negatively impact first time home buyers for condominium units.

To obtain a FHA mortgage on a condominium, the project must be FHA approved. Prior to these changes, there were two ways a condominium could be FHA approved: (1) full project approval, and (2) “spot” approval. Full project approval means that FHA has already done the approval on the entire condominium. Spot approvals were performed on non-FHA approved projects on a loan by loan basis, and were a way to make FHA loans available to home buyers in well run condo projects even if they haven’t gone through the full approval process.

Under the new guidelines, the popular spot approval process will no longer be available.

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