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Changes to Lending Rules for Florida Condos

Posted by Benjamin Dona on Sunday, April 4th, 2010 at 4:59pm.

Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae New Florida Condo RulesIn an attempt to bolster the sluggish Florida condo market, Freddie Mac (FHLMC) announced it is waiving lending rules that made it harder to buy and sell units in many condo buildings. Effective immediately, the mortgage giant will once again back loans on condo purchases in financially troubled complexes as long as the seller's loan is already owned or securitized by FHLMC. The move is a reversal by Freddie Mac, which had been rejecting mortgages for units in complexes with low occupancy rates or high association fee delinquencies. The change is intended to increase financing availability and runs through March 31, 2011.

Freddie Mac's counterpart Fannie Mae (FNMA) also announced a separate plan for Florida condos. It currently is reviewing hundreds of condo projects within the state that don't qualify for FNMA loans. Complexes deemed stable will be given a "special approval" and lenders will once again be allowed to offer mortgages to condo buyers and sell those loans to Fannie Mae.

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Gulf Coast Associates, RealtorsBenjamin Dona is the Broker and Owner of Gulf Coast Associates, Realtors in Bonita Springs, Florida. He holds two advanced degrees, an MBA and an MA, and has an extensive background in both business and marketing. In 1998, he founded Gulf Coast Associates, and formed a group of like-minded Realtor® associates dedicated to offering professional Southwest Florida real estate services by concentrating on information, education and the use of leading edge technologies. He also is a recognized expert on the "Net," a much-quoted and read blog author, and a contributor to both national and international news outlets. Benjamin is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Florida Association of Realtors, and numerous local real estate boards throughout Southwest Florida.

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3 Responses to "Changes to Lending Rules for Florida Condos"

Benjamin wrote:
We really need some help here. Condo's are the one area we have a real glut of inventory.

Posted on Monday, April 5th, 2010 at 10:04am.

Eric in Jacksonville wrote:
Hopefully, with this move the demand for condos will improve in Florida.

Posted on Friday, April 9th, 2010 at 12:24pm.

Claudia in Whittier wrote:
Freddie Mac and Frannie Mae have come to realize you will never qualify anyone to buy a condo in a complex if you don’t start doing loans to allow occupancy in the first place.

Posted on Saturday, April 10th, 2010 at 6:59pm.



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