Our Condominium Has 50% FHA Concentration - Now What?
Our first response would be to make sure that you don’t lose your FHA Condominium Project Approval! Obviously, FHA buyers are attracted to your community so it would be beneficial to the association to maintain this approval.
Really, though, the question stems from the FHA guideline that the maximum concentration of FHA loans in a condominium is 50%. FHA uses case numbers to track all FHA loans and no FHA loan may exist without one. Once the 50% level is reached, case numbers may no longer be automatically assigned using FHA’s online system FHA Connection.
However, FHA does allow greater than 50% concentration in condominiums that meet its guidelines to be granted an exception. In these cases, lenders must contact the jurisdictional Homeownership Center (HOC) and request a case number manually. If the condominium meets the exception criteria, FHA will allow up to 100% FHA loan concentration in the condominium.
All of these criteria must be met in order for FHA to allow the exception:
The project must have at least 4 units
The project must be 100% complete and has been completed for more than 1 year
100% of the units have transferred from the developer and no one entity owns more than 10% of the units**
The project’s budget provides for the funding of a reserve account greater than or equal to 10% of the annual budget
Voting control has transferred to the unit owners
The owner-occupancy ratio is at least 50%
**Exceptions to the 10% criterion: (1) if the project is 10 units or less, no one person may own more than one unit; (2) Federal, state and qualified non-profit programs may own more than 10% of the units provided that the program is designed to assist low- and moderate- income buyers and renters; and (3) units owned and inhabited by an investor are considered owner-occupied.
The concentration exception terminates with the expiration of the condominium’s FHA project approval. Once the project is recertified, the concentration exception may be sought again. Unless HUD changes this with the issuance of another Mortgagee Letter, it can be assumed that exceptions will continue to be granted once the project is approved and continues to meet the above-mentioned criteria.
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The Condominium Project Approval Team at ReadySetLoan is dedicated to helping condominium projects across the nation to obtain their approvals with FHA and the VA or become recertified with FHA. We have assisted nearly 200 condominiums and we can help your association.
ReadySetLoan is an active member of the Connecticut and New England chapters of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and is a frequent contributor to Common Interest Magazine as an expert in FHA/VA condominium project approvals.
Please contact us with any questions regarding FHA or VA condominium project approvals. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 404-433-4565. I will be happy to answer any of your questions.
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Check out our article in Common Interest magazine on page 19!