FHA financing is a popular type of financing in Fairfax County these days. From being unable to compete with the 0% down loans back in 2005 and 2006, they are now a part of over 20% of the purchases in the area.
The 3.5% down payment required is very competitive with the 10% minimum required from most other lenders. Also an FHA loan will allow you to receive the down payment as a gift in many cases (from your children or parents etc) – a useful feature for cash strapped purchasers.
Unfortunately, some purchasers run into problems with their FHA financing. Finding out that the condominium you fell in love with is ineligible for FHA financing results in disappointment, lost time and money. How can a purchaser avoid this situation ahead of time?
FHA financing is not available for all communities. To be eligible a condominium community will have to meet minimum criteria for things like insurance, owner occupancy, ownership and commercial usage. An occuring issue in Tysons Corner is that some communities have too high of a ratio of non-owner occupants(renters) to owner-occupants. A community that has more than half the units occupied by renters will in most cases be ineligible for FHA financing. That has been the case at the Gates of McLean and the Fountains at McLean.
Your real estate agent should know the local market and should be able to help you find out which communities may be troublesome in regards to FHA financing. The agent may know the status of a specific condominium based on experience or through conversations with lenders.
Your agent (or you) can also use online tools like https://entp.hud.gov/idapp/html/condlook.cfm to try to ascertian the approval status.
Per the online tool, these communities may* be FHA approved: Falls Church Gardens, Renaissance 2230, Idylwood Towers, The Gates of Westfalls, The Pavillion, The Regency, The Palladium, Lillian Court, One Park Crest, The Colonies, The Rotonda, The Westerlies, Park Terrace, Vienna Trail, Westbriar Plaza, Westwood Village, Woodburn Village
*The list of communities are in no way guaranteed and may not be correct. Keep in mind that being an FHA approved community can change – and sometimes your transaction will be the one that alerts the FHA to changes in the ownership ratio or other issues. There is no way to know for sure until a lender has processed your loan and received the official FHA approval for your mortgage. Sometimes different phases within the same community(or what appears to be the same community) may have different approval results as well.
If you are looking to purchase a condominium in the Tysons Corner area, please give us a call at 703 560-3424 or contact us. We will be happy to discuss the various options with you and help you find a great home!