In July, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac released updates to project eligibility standards for condominiums and housing cooperatives. It is critically important for condominium and housing cooperative projects to have access to loans that will meet Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac qualifications. CAI continues to provide specific feedback regarding the requirements.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are compiling troubling blacklists that prohibit mortgage financing for entire condominium or housing cooperative buildings. As the blacklists grow, community managers and board members have no knowledge their buildings are on them. When people are unable to buy and sell units in these buildings, property values may be affected.
Community associations in California are staring at skyrocketing insurance premiums. Some are facing increases of as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. Community finances are being strained and, in some cases, it’s become impossible for new buyers to secure mortgage lending.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issued new requirements to secure loans in condo buildings. The guidance relates to structural integrity and financial stability and is in response to the condominium collapse in Surfside, Fla., in late June.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recently made changes to their lending requirements for condominiums in vacation areas and resort-like communities, but the process may be opaque and difficult to dispute by a homeowners association and its residents.