Buying a condo with a conventional or FHA loan in Santa Clarita no problem right? You need to read this before you even get into your Realtors car.

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Condo owners not only share common walls and roofs, they also share one anothers financial burdens. Lending practices are constantly changing which is forcing lenders to look more closely at the makeup of entire complexes before they fund loans to prospective buyers or to people who have equity and want to refinance.

With the ever changing real estate market it's making it tougher to buy and sell condos, which are widely considered the housing market's shakiest segment because they are popular with entry-level buyers. The lending practices are also charging higher fees and requiring larger down payments from condo buyers while limiting where they can live. A lot of foreclosure-related losses have come from condo lending, pushing prices lower and wrecking condo association budgets. 

In the recent past, FHA policies barely affected the condo market. Home buyers had abandoned FHA mortgages being lured by subprime loans and easy credit. Developers did not bother to get their buildings approved by HUD, Housing and Urban Development when they were first built. But after the subprime market crashed, borrowers flocked back to the FHA, and suddenly, its policies matter.

Here is an example of what is happening:  A buyer wants to purchase a condo with a conventional loan because they can get a lower interest rates and pay no PMI, private mortgage insurance. But days before they close on their condo purchase the lender learns that to many residents in a complex were overdue on condo association dues. The only other option to purchase the condo is to go with FHA financing. Now here's the tricky part is the condo on the FHA approved list? If the condo complex is not FHA approved  the borrowers only option is to try and get a the spot-approval to obtain FHA financing, which may take time and not be granted.
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The stakes are even higher for buyers interested in newly built condos. In those buildings, 70% of the units must be presold before Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac will buy related loans, though exceptions are made. Previously, only 50% had to be presold.

You as a buyer need an experienced agent that understands 1. which complexes are FHA approved 2. which ones could get a spot approval. Buying a condo is an important financial decision. You want to make the right choice - an informed decision.

As a buyer you need an agent who truely understands the in's and out's of this market and can help you get your desired condo whether it be a bank owned, short sale, or a traditional listing. With so much information and misinformation you need an agent that is not an average agent to guide you through these investment opportunities.                           

My husband and I are Santa Clarita's Certified Distressed Property Experts, CDPE. By dealing with an agent who has earned the CDPE designation, buyers ensure that they are working with experienced real estate professionals that are equipped to handle their specific needs.

If you would like to search for a condo in Santa Clarita, or any other areas of Southern California go to: Search the MLS like a Realtor.

If your interested in selling your Santa Clarita condo and would like a free over the phone market evaluation call 1.800.805.2409 extension 3011. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with no obligation. With this call you can receive a copy of our special report "How to Sell Your Home Quickly and for the Most Money". The reason were are making this information available to you is we want you to know what your home is worth before you talk to an agent.


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Jim Crawford
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There were a boatload of other changes that went into effect April 1, 2009 for condo buyers wiht less than 20% down!  Built as a condo vs condo conversions also changed quite a bit.

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