Non-Warrantable Condominium Loans
A condo that is classified as “non-warrantable” is not necessarily bad. In fact, condominiums that are classified as non-warrantable are often great investments! It’s a little more difficult to find lenders who will work with buyers in these units, but they are there and we can help you find just the right program for your needs.
Are you looking to purchase or refinance a non-warrantable condo? You may be pleased to hear that there are many mortgage programs available that will allow you to finance non-warrantable condos. This includes special loan products, as well as FHA and VA loans.
What Makes a Condo Warrantable or Non-Warrantable?
Any condo that is not meet standards set by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac is considered non-warrantable. The requirements for a condo to be warrantable are:
- The majority of the condos are owner occupied, and not investment properties or second homes.
- No more than 10% of the units can be owned by a single entity.
- There is not an abundance of units being offered on a short-term basis.
- A maximum of 25% of the total space can be used for commercial purposes.
- There can be no lawsuits against the HOA (homeowners association).
What specifically might cause a condo to be non-warrantable? Any property that is still under development would be considered non-warrantable. Also, any condo complex that is considered a “condotel”, or offers time shares is non-warrantable. Also, fractional ownership properties would fit into this category, as well as those that require you to join an organization, such as golf clubs.
Condos that do not meet the Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac guidelines, which are therefore non-warrantable, need to use other mortgage programs to obtain financing for their desired condo. Luckily, many loan programs are available. This includes options through government-backed programs through the FHA and VA. Additionally, there are many other unique loan products that exist for financing a non-warrantable condo.
Mortgage Lenders for Non-Warrantable Condos
Below are a few of the best non-warrantable condo mortgage lenders that offer financing throughout most or all of the nation. We also work with many local lenders that offer financing at the state level. We would be happy to help match you with the best non-warrantable condo lender for your location.
2 – Mortgage Depot
4 – Hurst Lending
FHA Loans for Non-Warrantable Condos
The FHA rules for condos are more lenient that what is required by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The FHA states that at least 51% of the properties must be owner occupied. Also, if the condo complex is newly developed, at least 70% of the units must have already been sold.
VA Loans for Non-Warrantable Condos
The guidelines for financing a non-warrantable condo with a VA loan are similar to FHA loans. The VA requires that the majority of condos (51% or more) are owner occupied.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find out if a condo is warrantable?
If you are interested in determining the eligibility of a particular condo, we can help. Depending on the location of your condo, a loan representative will help you check to see if it is warrantable or non-warrantable.
What states are there mortgage programs for non-warrantable condos?
Financing is available in all 50 states.
Can a foreign national obtain financing for a non-warrantable condo?
Yes, we work with lenders that offer foreign national mortgages, which these loans may be used to purchase an eligible non-warrantable condo.
Is cash out refinancing an option?
The lenders we work with offer cash out refinance loans with a maximum LTV of 75%.
What is the maximum LTV allowed?
Nearly every lender will have a max LTV of 80%. This means that if you are making a purchase, you will need to put 20% down.
Are there any options to finance a non-warrantable condo as an investment property?
Yes, these loans are available to purchase or refinance an investment property. Generally, the maximum LTV on an investment property will be lower (60-70%) on an investment property.