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Volume 11 - Number 13

June 29, 2018

FHA Condominium Rule Out in September, Issues ‘Too Complex’

The issues behind the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s draft FHA condominium rules are “too complex” but lenders may expect a final rule in September, said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. Carson’s announcement of a release date for the long-anticipated condominium rules eases the mounting pressure on the secretary and the department to finalize the draft rules. On June 18, 54 senators and 120 members of the House signed a letter urging Carson to implement the changes in H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act, which would ease FHA requirements for financing condo purchases and refinancings. The bill was signed into law on July 29, 2016, and HUD published a proposed condo rule two months later. “We have been pushing it,” Carson said during a House committee oversight hearing this week. “It is a complex issue because when you are talking ...

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