How Do You Know if Your HOA or Condo is Under Water?

The term “under water” in real estate usually refers to a property that has no equity. That is to say that the money owed on it is more than what it can sell for. Seldom do we hear about an entire HOA or Condominium Association being “under water.” So the question today is: How do you know if your HOA or Condo is under water? The brutal truth is that your entire community association can be under water. Unfortunately in many communities, nobody in authority acknowledges it until it’s too late. Too late is when homeowners are hit with a large special assessment for a capital improvement project. A special assessment… Read More

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The Problem with Current HOA Management

HOA Management, like every other industry, has its ups and downs. Successfully managing an association brings people together, connecting homeowners with each other to develop that sense of community. On the other hand, failing to meet that standard can divide a community. Homeowners become angry with their board members and board members become angry with their management company. How do you fix this issue?  There are a few options; give your current management company one more chance, self-manage your HOA, or switch to another company. Unfortunately, one more chance means you are given a little more attention, but only for a short duration. Then it’s back to the old way… Read More

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FHA Approval Can Raise Property Values…Don’t let Condo Delinquencies Stand in the Way

FHA Approval Can Raise Property Values…Don’t let Condo Delinquencies Hurt

Despite all the lovely roads and fire trucks we encounter every day, people still like to complain that their taxes aren’t being put to good use. It would seem they’ve never heard of an FHA loan. These aren’t mortgages issued by the Federal Housing Authority, rather ones insured by them. This insurance enables the lender to offer terms with significantly reduced down-payments, sometimes as low as 3.5% of the purchase price. And while the program explicitly exists to aid home buyers and not investors, it can still provide a significant boost to property values.  FHA approval is critical so don’t let condo delinquencies hurt you. If a building has FHA approval, the… Read More

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Are your Community Association Ledgers accurate?

Are your community association ledgers accurate and are they being kept properly? Are they in good enough order that you would sit in a courtroom and swear under oath that they are accurate? If you have any doubt here are a few pointers that may help keep your ledgers in good order. WHAT YOU NEED TO ENSURE YOUR UNIT LEDGERS ARE IN ORDER As with anything you deal with in a community association the first thing you must do is read the governing documents and answer the following questions: What is your pay period (monthly, quarterly, annual)? What day are your assessments due? What is the grace period allowed in your… Read More

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The Emotional Cost of Foreclosure

Have you ever had to foreclose on a neighbor? The word “foreclosure” strikes a note of fear and panic in most people. Typically, foreclosure is only considered when all other possibilities have been considered and no other solution can be found. It is the final remedy an association has to fix a problem that could otherwise financially cripple a financially sound community. If you’ve ever seen the classic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, then you can easily picture the antagonist, Mr. Henry Potter (portrayed as the perfect villain by Lionel Barrymore). Mr. Potter was an evil banker, ready to foreclose with joy on any home owner who has fallen behind… Read More

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A Loan for Your Community Association – Some Real World Mechanics

As we head into budget season it is time to think about where all the money for all of the maintenance and capital improvements is going to come from. A primary activity of operating a community association is planning for the repair and maintenance of the property and budgeting for those large cost capital improvements that will be demanded. I am a major proponent of having a Reserve Study performed and updated at least every 3 years. I further believe that community associations should be required by regulation to properly fund themselves based on that Reserve Study. Of course, that is a utopian concept that rarely exists in the real… Read More

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HOA Loan Structures & Long Term Budget Shortfalls

HOALendingXchange.comhas made financing for community association capital maintenance needs easily accessible.  Financial institutions that are truly skilled in serving this unique industry can be particularly flexible to the differing needs of each community. Not only does each association have a unique culture but the projects all need to be approached in a tailor-made fashion to suit what they desire to have accomplished.  The financing available is typically low cost because the transactions are acknowledged to be of low risk and the associations often provide the institutions with deposits that allow for buying down the interest rate or loan fees. The one aspect that permeates the vast majority of all communities… Read More

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Does Your Business Specialize in Lending to Condominium Associations?

That’s a question we get a lot. Believe it or not, lending to Condominium Associations and other common interest communities is our ONLY business. In the United States alone, Condominium Associations and other commonly owned properties make up more than 20% of the value of all residential real estate. There is more than 40 billion dollars spent annually on operating revenue. And the numbers are actually increasing. We think that is a market worth selling and servicing to. The largest challenge facing this evolving industry is the lack of dedicated and specialized financial service professionals to service the growing demand for lending to Condominium Associations and other common interest communities.… Read More

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A Bright Future for Solar Energy in HOAs

According to the Institute for Energy Research, slightly less than 1% of U.S. electricity production comes from solar energy. However, as the industry gets more efficient at producing high quality, affordable solar panels, many HOAs are taking note at how this technology can save money, and in some cases, actually, create an income stream. Not surprisingly, Florida (the Sunshine State) has enacted laws that allow for homeowners to install solar collectors. Even if the HOA has rules to the contrary, the state law trumps those rules and sets the stage for HOA members to jump on the solar band wagon. While the initial cost of installation can be high, solar… Read More

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The Future of HOA Lending

The advance of technology and social media have allowed technology-based entities such as Lending Tree, Prosper, Lending Club and other so-called “Fin-Tech” companies to all but destroy the traditional bank lending model. These high-tech bank alternatives often give borrowers more affordable, desirable, and easy to obtain methods to borrow money, pay off debt, and more. They further add the element of convenience by putting their resources at the fingertips of anyone with access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Meanwhile, condominium associations, cooperatives, timeshares, and other HOAs seeking loans have had to rely on the “old-fashioned” bank lending model to obtain HOA loans. It no longer makes sense to simply rely on the bank where you deposit… Read More

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