3/03/2016

New California Disclosure to be Made by Condo Associations per AB 596

Is your HOA FHA-approved?
This was actually signed into law last August 12th by Gov. Jerry Brown, requiring condominium associations to disclose to their members whether their developments have been approved for FHA or VA financing. This is an annual disclosure along with the other HOA disclosures submitted 30-90 days prior to the end of the fiscal year.  AB 596 adds the requirement that, on a separate piece of paper in at least 10-point font, there will be statements saying whether or not the development has been certified by FHA or the Department of Veterans Affairs.

I believe I have posted before about the declining number of FHA (or VA) approved homeowner associations.  Why is this important?  Because the available number of buyers for a condominium increases accordingly.  There was a time when "spot" I believe I have posted before about the declining number of FHA (or VA) approved homeowner associations.  Why is this important?  Because the available number of buyers for a condominium increases accordingly.  There was a time when "spot" loans could be done, but no more.  The entire complex must be approved for FHA loan, that also applies for VA loans too.  But when a complex is approved for FHA, the VA requirements are similar.

To give an idea of how extreme the problem is, out of 228 complexes listed in Long Beach on Hud.gov, all of which were once FHA approved, 17 out of the first 25 on the list are expired; 20 out of 25 on the second set are expired.  That's 37 out of  50 complexes listed are unable to sell units to an FHA buyer. And so on.

One-quarter of the state's housing stock is located in common interest developments, and according to Bob Hunt, a California Association of Realtors director, fewer than 30% are approved for FHA financing, and even fewer for VA financing.  This situation does not have to exist.

Many association members are unaware of the status of their HOA, and many think it may be FHA approved because it was in the past.  The guidelines changed:  spot loans (per unit approval) was eliminated, and associations are required to renew their FHA status every 2 years.

If your association has a property manager, they should be able to help.  If not, there are lenders who are familiar with the application process and may readily give their assistance.  Please contact me for more information if you need it.

The important thing to realize is that many qualified buyers can buy with an FHA loan on 3.5 percent down payment, and obtaining a ready, willing and qualified buyer for a property can go much faster with FHA approved associations.


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