Today’s blog post is about financial concerns when buying a Boston condo. Whether you’re buying a triple deck in Dorchester or a luxury Boston Beacon Hill condo, we all have concerns we need to address before signing documents for buying a Boston condo. Let’s address a few of them:

Building Eligibility for Certified Mortgages

In today’s mortgage market, downtown Boston condos may be eligible for three types of home loans certified by government-sponsored entities such as Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the Federal Housing Administration. The guidelines are usually related to the bylaws and management record of the homeowners association. If the building does not qualify for conventional or FHA loans, your mortgage broker or real estate agent may still be able to find a lender that will provide financing, but this could come with a higher down payment and more expensive closing costs. You may be able to refinance into a conventional loan down the line if the building becomes eligible.

Boston Condo Association Litigation History

As a condo buyer, don’t be discouraged to learn that a lender will not grant a mortgage on a condominium tower deemed to be too risky due to a history of prior and pending lawsuits involving the homeowners association. Instead of trying to find another lender, you may want to look for other listings.

Insufficient Down Payment

This issue is not uncommon in the downtown Boston condo market due to high demand and high property values. Not all homebuyers will be able to come up with a 20 percent down payment on the penthouse unit of a boutique condo in Beacon Hill. In this case, applying for FHA financing is a solution that may allow a down payment as low as 3.5 percent, and some of the funds can come from gifts made by relatives.

Low Appraisals

Even though low appraisals are not common in established markets such as downtown Boston, there is always a chance of this happening and holding up the loan approval. Appraisals can always be disputed, but success may be hard to come by when a bank is processing the loan application internally. Mortgage brokers have a greater chance of winning an appraisal dispute, and they can also push for a second appraisal as long as the seller knows getting to the closing table will take longer.

Whatever type of Boston condo you’re looking for, whether it’s condos, lofts, or penthouses, make sure to connect with a reliable agent who knows the downtown neighborhoods. Reach out to Ford realty at 617-595-3712.

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