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Your Guide to Financing A Condo

In many ways, financing a condo is the same as financing any other residential property. The same lenders that make loans on other residential properties typically finance condos as well. Things like down payment requirements and other qualification standards are largely the same. However, there are a few key differences you should know before you start shopping.

Lenders generally require the same personal qualifications for a mortgage on a condo as they do for a single-family home loan.In other words, if your loan product requires a 10% down payment, that generally applies to a condo, as well. If your lender requires a debt-to-income (DTI) ratio of 36% or less for a single-family mortgage, the same will typically apply to a condo. In a nutshell, there’s nothing special required from you to finance a condo.

Although there are no special requirements for you to qualify for a mortgage on a condo, there may be special requirements related to the condo itself. Here’s a rundown of things a lender could look at when you apply for a mortgage on a condo:

  • The condo association will likely receive some scrutiny. For starters, the lender will want to see that the association is in good financial condition, has adequate insurance, few owners are delinquent on their association dues, and that there are no pending legal issues against the HOA.
  • To qualify for financing, a condominium generally will need to be entirely residential in nature. For example, if a portion of the building is occupied by hotel rooms or commercial space, it could be a dealbreaker for a lender.
  • If any of the condos in the building were sold as timeshare units, you could have an issue obtaining financing.
  • Lenders typically want to see that a certain percentage of the units are owner-occupied and aren’t owned as rental properties. For the purposes of occupancy requirements, condos owned as vacation homes are generally considered to be owner-occupied.
  • Lenders use comparable sales to determine how much a property is worth. With condos, they may want to see comps from the same building. If no units have recently sold, this could be a roadblock for financing.

You have several choices for condo financing. Here are some choices based on your  situation:

  • Conventional Full Review – The condominium needs a Fannie Mae approval; buyers can move in with as little as 3% down.
  • Conventional Limited Review – A very limited review of the condominium association.  No reserve requirements or long questionnaires to complete.
  • FHA Spot Condominium Approval – The condominium must meet FHA spot condominium review approval parameters; buyers can move in with just 3.5% down.
  • VA Approved Condominiums – The approved condominium can be financed with no money down for military veterans and active military with acceptable VA benefits.

If you’re applying for FHA financing for a condo, there are some specific requirements you should know about.

  • The condo has to be your primary residence.
  • The biggest potential roadblock is that the condo must be listed on the FHA-approved condominium list. This is a list of condos in the U.S. that meet HUD standards. If the condo isn’t on the list, it doesn’t qualify for FHA financing — period.
  • More than half of the units in the condominium have to be owner-occupied, and at least 80% of all units with FHA financing must be owner-occupied. To get an FHA mortgage, a home must be your primary residence, but you can convert it into a rental after a certain number of years.
  • The condo complex must have been complete for at least a year. In other words, you can’t get an FHA loan on a condo in a building that’s under construction or that has been recently completed. This rule applies even if the building your unit is several years old but a new phase is being added.

If you’re applying for a conventional (non-FHA) mortgage on a condo, the requirements vary based on your lender, the size of your down payment, and more. The condo concerns I discussed a couple of sections ago generally apply to conventional financing, but some of the FHA rules don’t. For example, you can use a conventional mortgage to buy a condo that’s still under construction or was recently completed. And if you want to buy a condo as a vacation home or investment property, a conventional loan is the way to go.

The main difference between financing for condos and single-family homes is that there are two things that need to qualify for financing — you and the condo building itself. The qualification standards for you are generally the same, no matter what type of home you’re buying. You’ll still need an adequate down payment, enough income to justify the loan, and stable employment, for example. However, you can expect the condo and its association to be put through a rigorous approval process. That process could prevent you from getting financing, even if you’re an otherwise well-qualified applicant.

Source: https://www.fool.com/millionacres/real-estate-financing/articles/your-guide-financing-condos/

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Price: $1,095,000
105 N Cove Key Lane, Mooresville, NC 28117
Complex: Cove Key
3 BR, 3.1 BA, 3537 sqft
Coldwell Banker Realty | MLS # 3565486 | Contract
Price: $950,000
103 Cove Key Lane, Mooresville, NC 28117
Complex: Cove Key
3 BR, 3.1 BA, 3724 sqft
Coldwell Banker Realty | MLS # 3645685 | Active
Price: $659,000
18708 Nautical Drive, Cornelius, NC 28031
Complex: Commordores Landing
3 BR, 2.1 BA, 1749 sqft
Harbor Realty, Inc | MLS # 3664428 | Contract
Price: $599,999
18507 Vineyard Point Lane, Cornelius, NC 28031
Complex: Vineyard Point
2 BR, 2.1 BA, 1679 sqft
Southern Homes of the | MLS # 3625963 | Active
Price: $599,900
18609 Vineyard Point Lane, Cornelius, NC 28031
Complex: Vineyard Point
3 BR, 2.1 BA, 1744 sqft
Southern Homes of the | MLS # 3664188 | Contract
Price: $599,000
18409 Harborside Drive, Cornelius, NC 28031
Complex: Harborside Townhomes
4 BR, 3.1 BA, 2471 sqft
Helen Adams Realty | MLS # 3630715 | Contract
Price: $534,900
17810 Half Moon Lane, Cornelius, NC 28031
Complex: Half Moon Bay
3 BR, 2 BA, 1421 sqft
Keller Williams | MLS # 3661832 | Contract
Price: $489,000
17810 Half Moon Lane, Cornelius, NC 28031
Complex: Half Moon Bay
3 BR, 2 BA, 1464 sqft
Coldwell Banker Realty | MLS # 3654503 | Active
Price: $474,900
17810 Half Moon Lane, Cornelius, NC 28031
Complex: Half Moon Bay
3 BR, 2 BA, 1436 sqft
Century 21 Murphy & | MLS # 3650201 | Contract
Price: $400,000
18587 Vineyard Point Lane, Cornelius, NC 28031
Complex: The Moorings
3 BR, 2 BA, 1252 sqft
Allen Tate Concord | MLS # 3648951 | Contract
Price: $392,500
18625 Vineyard Point Lane, Cornelius, NC 28031
Complex: The Moorings
3 BR, 2 BA, 1242 sqft
CREB Inc | MLS # 3652782 | Contract
Price: $385,000
18681 Vineyard Point Lane, Cornelius, NC 28031
Complex: Windrose
3 BR, 2 BA, 1191 sqft
Keller Williams Lake | MLS # 3650932 | Contract
Price: $380,000
809 Southwest Drive, Davidson, NC 28036
Complex: Stone Bluff
3 BR, 2 BA, 1194 sqft
Keller Williams | MLS # 3658149 | Contract
Price: $365,000
637 Williamson Road, Mooresville, NC 28117
Complex: Harbor Point Village
3 BR, 2.1 BA, 1639 sqft
Southern Homes of the | MLS # 3637255 | Contract
Price: $350,000
18661 Vineyard Point Lane, Cornelius, NC 28031
Complex: Windrose
3 BR, 2 BA, 1175 sqft
Coldwell Banker Realty | MLS # 3656187 | Contract
Price: $339,900
18009 Kings Point Drive, Cornelius, NC 28031
Complex: Baybridge
2 BR, 2 BA, 1112 sqft
Ivester Jackson | MLS # 3635946 | Active
Price: $312,500
935 Southwest Drive, Davidson, NC 28036
Complex: Southpoint
2 BR, 2 BA, 922 sqft
Wilkinson ERA Real | MLS # 3635118 | Contract
Price: $310,000
18767 Vineyard Point Lane, Cornelius, NC 28031
Complex: Vineyard Point
2 BR, 2 BA, 1015 sqft
Mossy Oak Properties | MLS # 3656708 | Contract
Price: $309,900
948 Southwest Drive, Davidson, NC 28036
Complex: Southpoint
2 BR, 2 BA, 926 sqft
Wilkinson ERA Real | MLS # 3631614 | Contract
Price: $309,000
1335 Torrence Circle, Davidson, NC 28036
Complex: Emerald Bay
2 BR, 2 BA, 1129 sqft
EXP REALTY LLC | MLS # 3660698 | Contract

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