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Condos – Three Numbers To Know

If you’re looking at a Condo, there are three numbers to know:

1) % of owners delinquent with HOA Dues: Less than 15% of owners must be less than 60 days late.

This number is often an issue after market corrections b/c people are more likely to walk away from condos (and stop paying HOA dues) if they are under water. This is why rates are higher for condos.

2) % of ownership of ALL units by a single owner: Greater than 10%. This is called the “concentration rule.”

Fannie and Freddie won’t finance a condo if a single owner owns more than 10% of the units. If it is a 5 – 20 unit project, the limit is simply two units by one owner.

3) Owner Occupancy Ratio: 50% of the units must be owner-occupied, ONLY if the buyer is an investor.

Owner occupancy ratios are irrelevant for owner occupant buyers.

For 2 – 4 unit projects, all but ONE unit must be owner occupied no matter what.

4 Units: Three must be owner-occupied
3 Units: Two must be owner-occupied
2 Units: One must be owner-occupied

Jay Voorhees at (925) 855-4491
Real Estate Broker, CA Bureau of Real Estate, BRE# 01524255, NMLS# 335646

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