Important News about FHA Loans for Tampa Bay Florida Condo Buyers

By , November 19, 2009

Important News about FHA Loans for Tampa Bay Florida Condo Buyers

This is important news about FHA loans. Since we keep in close constant contact with  mortgage representatives they let us know so that we can let *you* know.

Effective for FHA case numbers issued as of December 7, 2009, HUD is changing the way condos are approved for FHA financing.

As of December 7, 2009, FHA’s Spot Loan Approval process for condominium projects will be eliminated. There are now two approval process options:

  • 1. HUD Review and Approval Process (HRAP) and
  • 2. Direct Endorsement Lender Review and Approval Process (DELRAP) – the preferring method for approval as it is typically faster.

Only lenders that are DELRAP (Direct Endorsement Lender Review Approval Process) lenders can approve FHA condos.

This is HUGE news. This means 3.5% down on APPROVED condo projects.

If you are already familiar with the condo loan approval process please note that the following changes will take place:

  • Projects with two or more units are now eligible
  • Financing is available for existing and new construction projects
  • All approved projects will be listed on the FHA website and valid for two years

*KEEP IN MIND:  These guidelines will be similar to conventional loans such as: No more than 15% HOA 30 day lates,  full two years of financials, budget, condo docs, 51% owner occupied etc…

THERE WILL BE MORE INFORMATION UPCOMING so when they become available we will post them here.

Here is the direct link to HUD’s Condominium Approval Process for Single Family Housing.

This outlines in detail their guidelines. “Right of First Refusal” stated in the condo docs and ”55 or Older” communities may be scrutinized and possibly declined according to these guidelines due to discriminatory reasons.

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