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Federal – Obama signs H.R. 3700, Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act

The Community Associations Institute Government Affairs Blog reports here that President Obama has signed H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act, making the Act federal law.

According to the patron, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer’s (MO-03), the legislation includes provisions to:

  • Ensure that veterans have fair access to housing and homeless assistance programs.
  • Authorize the Rural Housing Service single family housing guaranteed loan program to delegate approval authority to preferred lenders.
  • Extend the period for which a family could use a family unification housing voucher and increase the ceiling for the Family Unification Program voucher age requirement.
  • Provide a thoughtful limitation on public housing tenancy for over-income residents.

And, as reported previously, H.R. 3700 reforms the process used by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to determine if condominium unit owners qualify for a mortgage with FHA insurance (FHA does not originate mortgage loans, but instead insures mortgages against default).

The full text of the bill is available after the jump.

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Federal – Landslide vote in House bodes well for easing limits in condo sales

Landslide vote in House bodes well for easing limits on condo sales

Everybody knows that congressional Democrats and Republicans can barely agree on anything. Yet in a rare and fleeting moment of unanimity in the House of Representatives, they recently approved legislation that could expand purchase prospects for thousands of people looking to buy their first home.

“Bottom line: The bill is great news for first-time and moderate-income buyers, but don’t expect changes overnight. It still must pass the Senate and get the president’s signature, but a 427-0 bipartisan vote in the House bodes well for both.”

Federal – Condo market gets boost from FHA rule change

Condo market gets boost from FHA rule change

Buying and selling affordable condos in Chicago and nationwide is likely to get easier, as federal rules on which condo buildings qualify buyers for mortgages through the Federal Housing Administration loosened on Friday. “The buyer pool just expanded,” said Mabel Guzman, a real estate agent with @Properties. “It’s a win-win.”

Buying and selling affordable condos in Chicago and nationwide is likely to get easier, as federal rules on which condo buildings qualify buyers for mortgages through the Federal Housing Administration loosened on Friday…

New Jersey – Jersey Shore buyers with FHA-backed loans find fewer communities where they can buy

Jersey Shore buyers with FHA-backed loans find fewer communities where they can buyA growing number of condominium and residential communities in central New Jersey are skipping an important government certification that would expand the pool of buyers, real estate experts and consumer advocates say. Either unable or unwilling to apply for certification with the Federal Housing Administration, these communities can’t accept buyers with FHA-insured mortgages.

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National – NAR: ‘Burdensome’ FHA Rules Make It Difficult To Buy, Sell Condos

MortgageOrb: NAR: ‘Burdensome’ FHA Rules Make It Difficult To Buy, Sell CondosWhile the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has loosened its condominium approval requirements in recent years, many properties continue to struggle to meet overly stringent criteria, and the majority of properties are being denied, according to a panel at the “How Do FHA Condominium Rules Impact Your Business?”

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