FHA Approved 08/2018

August 23, 2018 West Fork Village is now approved as a FHA community.

What Does FHA Approved Mean?

The Federal Housing Administration’s mortgage programs offers a variety of benefits to low- and moderate-income borrowers. The phrase FHA approved means you have met a certain set of guidelines laid out by the agency. The process for becoming an FHA-approved borrower involves a thorough credit and income review. The FHA also requires certain property types, such as condominiums, to undergo a separate approval process. Having an FHA approval in-hand when shopping for a home can help you get an edge on the competition.

FHA Approved Condominiums

Certain property types pose more risk to the FHA, such as condominiums and manufactured homes. The FHA only approves condominium units located within FHA-approved condo complexes. This helps to ensure that the condominium association is financially viable and can weather potential financial storms, such as an increased rate of default on condominium dues, unforeseen or costly maintenance and lawsuits. Condominium associations with insufficient reserves or lower than 50 percent owner occupancy, for example, are not eligible for FHA approval. FHA borrowers seeking to purchase a condominium may have fewer options due to the FHA’s stringent condominium approval guidelines. You can find approved complexes in your area by visiting the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s FHA condominium lookup webpage.

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What are the 7 Benefits to Condo Communities Becoming FHA Approved

1.FHA Condo Approval Dramatically Increases the Pool of Potential Buyers

Statistics show that approximately 60% of new home buyers intend to use a FHA Loan. If your community does not have FHA condo approval, you potentially limit the buying pool to only 40% of home buyers.

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 a 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

Following through on the FHA condo approval process gives your Homeowners the sense that you as a Board care about the community and would like to see it thrive. By avoiding the approval process it will hamper your owners when they go to sell their units or reverse their mortgages.

6. Less renters in the Community

Generally speaking, 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. Buyers who use FHA loans are more likely to reside in the unit, and not rent it out.

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.

Misconceptions Regarding FHA Condo 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 by 2012 over 50% of all loans were FHA.

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