Friday, April 11, 2014

Buying an Essex County Condo or Townhome: How do you know if the association is approved?

Another real time scenario prompts me to write this piece on buying a townhome, townhouse or condominium. Especially for first time home buyers, an FHA loan allows a buyer to put down as little at 3.5% of the purchase price, especially helpful when you haven't been able to save a tremendous amount of cash and/or when you need to reserve funds for closing costs. FHA loans are also necessary if one of the borrowers has had a short sale or a bankruptcy filing in their past.

Which brings me to the current real time experience where I'm trying to find FHA approved associations for my clients. It appears there are far more associations that are NOT approved than those that are actually approved by the FHA (Federal Housing Administration).

Only have of the agents I have contacted in the last 2 weeks have any up to date knowledge as to whether the properties they have listed for sale are FHA approved or not. This leaves a buyer and their agent at the mercy of an investigation that could encompass the listing agent, possibly calling the sellers themselves, calling the association directly or lastly--CHECKING the official HUD site that allows you to search by county or even by specific name of the Association (HOA-Home Owners Association) if that is entered correctly.

So, here is the link to check for yourself--HUD FHA CONDO ASSOCIATION SEARCH:

If you want to see the printed out Lists for Essex County, please scroll down:

To search for Townhomes: www.njtownhouseliving.com

Mark Slade
Keller Williams
Good Homes

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