Only 30% of Condo Buildings are FHA Approved

May 15, 2014

The Orange County Association of REALTORS® has launched an educational campaign encouraging condominium homeowner associations to get FHA- and VA-certified in order to attract more qualified buyers to their building.

Nationally, only about 30 percent of condos are approved for FHA financing, and even fewer are VA-approved, said Rita Tayenaka, broker-owner of Coast to Canyon Real Estate in Mission Viejo, Calif.

Tayenaka, who is a member of NAR’s Federal Financing and Housing Policy Committee, presented a video produced by OCAR at the REALTOR® Party Conference & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., Wednesday. A condo project that receives FHA or VA approval is more likely to attract a larger pool of qualified buyers, she said.

Although the video is branded for California, Tayenaka said it is relevant nationwide. Since 2010, HOAs have been required to prove their viability to receive FHA or VA approval and must renew their certification every two years.

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