FHA Approved Condos in the Central Market Condo Area of Dallas Texas

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential

Until several years ago, only 3 of the 17 condo complexes in the Central Market Condo area of Dallas, Texas, had FHA loan approval.  If you wanted to get a mortgage to buy a condo, you got a conventional loan.  As we headed into the wild and woolly downturn in the mortgage industry that began in 2008, conventional lenders became less willing to lend the money to condo buyers. Condos pretty much stopped being sold (except for deeply discounted properties that sold to cash investors).

In the past, in some parts of the country, there had been some really wild speculation going on in the condo market.  After the bubble burst, Lenders loss lots of money cleaning up that mess.  It was less of a problem in Dallas, although I remember in the early part of the last decade when investors from California or Florida would fly into Dallas for the day and be bused around to various new-construction condos for them to take a look at "investment opportunities". 

Things have changed. Now, if you want to buy a condo, the only loans routinely available are FHA loans.  As of April 1, 2013, 11 of the 17 complexes in the Central Market Condo Area have gone through the process of getting FHA Loan approval for the complex. 

Those complexes are Bella Gardens, Birchbrook Manor, Birchbrook II, University Place, La Fontaine, Sandhurst Plaza, Williamsburg II, The Arrangement, The Danbury, Veneto and University Crossroads.

Why would a buyer care about buying an in FHA approved complex?  FHA standards require a high level of owner occupancy.  Why does that matter to a buyer?  The theory is that an owner-occupant is going to be more involved in caring for their property than a landlord might be.  An owner-occupant is going to be physically present enough to notice things that might not be noticed by a landlord.  Complexes that are FHA approved also have to maintain a standard amount of financial reserves.  They have to have by-laws and practices that affirm Fair Housing standards.  The FHA Approval process substantially reduces the odds that an approved complex might engage in some of the forms of condo-management hanky-panky that sometimes happens.

Living in an FHA Approved complex is a good thing.  There are currently a total of 235 approved complexes in the City of Dallas.  I don't claim to know them all...but, I bet I know many if not most of them!  Interested in living in a condo?  Check out my website by clicking this link, here.  Or, just call me at 214-228-9828!  I'm always happy to help!

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Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Judith,  looks like alot of opportunities for Condo buyers in the Area.  Thanks for sharing with us.

Apr 01, 2013 02:58 AM #1
Mary Ann Daniell Realtor
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - Subsidiary of NRT LLC - Killeen, TX
Delivering Successful Results Since 1999

Great synopsis of the ups and downs of the Dallas condo market since the 2008 meltdown!  We have a tiny number of condo complexes near Ft Hood and most of our buyers use their VA loan benefits to purchase here.  The VA guidelines are pretty much the same as the FHA requirements for condo complexes.

Apr 01, 2013 03:13 AM #2
Michael Weeden

For an updated list of FHA approved condos in Dallas area checkout http://www.homebuyerwise.com/FHA-Approved-Condos/city/Dallas-TX_25516 for 24/7 access. Unfortunately the HUD site is down in evenings and on weekends when people need it most. Most other sites have data that is out of date

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