How to Reach Out to a Mortgage Lender: Finding the Right Advocate in Your Home Buying Process

December 9th, 2021
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If you are buying a home, you will need a mortgage lender to help you fund it. There are many mortgage lenders available, so finding the right one can be difficult sometimes. Here, we will look at how to reach out to mortgage lenders so that you can find the best lender available to help you finance your dream home.

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2-4 Unit Condos Are Easier To Get A Mortgage Loan For These Days

December 5th, 2021
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In some urban markets a multifamily home is converted to condominiums. For example, a duplex is turned into two condominium units. Or a triplex is turned into three condominium units. Or a fourplex is turned into four condominium units.

The required condominium project review that needs to be done on most condominiums is waived on condos that don’t consist of more than four units. Read the rest of this entry »

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Condominium Litigation When Getting A Mortgage

October 7th, 2021
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If a condominium has litigation against it, to get a loan approved there are certain things a mortgage lender has to document or the loan may be denied.

A mortgage lender has to prove that the litigation has no impact on the safety and structural soundness of the condo.

And the insurance carrier that insures the condominium building has to have agreed to provide the defense, and the amount of the litigation must be covered by the HOA’s insurance.

There are other reasons why litigation against a condominium may not be an issue, such as:

  • It is non-monetary litigation including, but not limited to neighbor disputes or rights of quiet enjoyment;
  •  the HOA is the plaintiff in the litigation and not the defendant;
  •  the reasonably anticipated or known damages and legal expenses are not expected to exceed 10% of the project’s funded reserves.Financing a condominium can be tricky for other reasons. Mortgage guidelines have the ability to change at any time, so always talk to a well-reviewed mortgage loan officer to make sure you understand the current guidelines and how they might apply to you.
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Limited Review Condo Approval

July 6th, 2021
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A limited review condo approval means that when you get a mortgage to purchase a condominium you don’t have to go through the normal extensive document review to approve the condominium. You must have an approved condo to get a mortgage approved to buy a unit in the building. The approval review is more limited/abbreviated with a limited review condo approval. Read the rest of this entry »

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Latest Condo Rules

September 15th, 2016

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**Condo underwriting guidelines can change at any time** Getting a condo loan has gotten a bit easier with some recent changes that Fannie Mae just made. The best thing you can do is make sure you know which loan rules to look at when buying a condo, and more importantly if you are selling one. If you know all the exact details of your condo and how it is run, then you will know if your buyers are eligible for Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac financing. If not, then you need to let prospective buyers know that they can look for something like a “portfolio loan” that may have more liberal rules than Fannie and Freddie. If your condo has major issues going on that will require a seller to find a cash buyer. Read the rest of this entry »

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10 Things Lenders Look For When You Buy A Condo

March 1st, 2012
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Are you looking at the right things when buying a condo? Most people look at location, view, amenities, square footage, and level of finish inside the condo unit. But why get excited over a condo and put in an offer if the building is not able to be financed by a mortgage lender? Below is a list of some of the most important things that a lender will be looking for when analyzing a condo to approve a loan for a mortgage borrower. Read the rest of this entry »

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