Freddie Mac took a giant step toward transparency last week when it announced sweeping changes to its condominium and housing cooperative financing system. The government-sponsored enterprise that underwrites mortgages is introducing a tool that indicates whether a community is “certified” for financing or “not eligible”—and providing guidance that explains why a community may not be eligible.
Over the past 50 years, CAI and its members have grappled with exciting, frustrating, and sometimes grueling issues. What challenges and opportunities await CAI over the next few years? We asked leaders in the industry to share their perspective.
Quite recently, two of the largest residential property insurance companies announced major cutbacks in California, and many HOAs are now experiencing skyrocketing property insurance rates. Here are some tips to simplify your property insurance with a “bare walls” approach.
More than 90% of respondents in a recent survey conducted by the Foundation for Community Association Research reported that their property and casualty insurance premium had increased at the last or current renewal with 24% citing an increase between $101 and $500, and 14% citing a larger increase. Eleven percent of respondents indicated that their property and casualty coverage was canceled or not renewed.
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.