Austin Condo Mortgage: Not Your Typical Home Loan

Condo Loans and Condo Financing – Tougher to Get?


A condo loan requires both the buyer and the condo association to qualify. Even a highly qualified buyer may not be able to purchase a condo, if the condo development is not as financially stable as a lender requires.

Some Austin Condos Won’t Qualify

Austin has a lot of condos, including older developments and newer ones dotting the downtown skyline. In August of 2010, the Austin Business Journal reported on the failure of the Pecan Place Condominiums near 183 and Texas 45 in Northwest Austin. Half of the 29 townhouse condos had sold but the remaining ones were in various states of completion. Other developments have also made the news, in different stages of failure or distress.

In situations like those, even if a borrower had really really wanted to buy one of the condos, condo financing would have been impossible to obtain – the financial health of the developments was not ok.

Other condo developments, of course, are doing just fine. Make sure you know which is which when you go shopping for a condo so your condo mortgage will be less likely to stall the deal. FHA loans for condos are also different from regular home loans, or non-FHA condo mortgages.

Work with an Experienced Lender for Your Condo Mortgage

Condo development in Austin TexasBecause a condominium loan is more complicated, make sure that both you real estate agent and your mortgage broker or bank are experienced in the ins and outs of condo financing.

Qualify real estate agent and mortgage professional by asking questions like these (and take notes!):

1. How many years have you been in this business?

2. How many condos have you sold? (Or, how many condo loans have you done?)

3. Are you familiar with this particular development? What can you tell me that you think I need to know?

4. Can you describe the condo financing and condo buying process and how it is different than the home buying process?

5. How will you make sure we have good communication about my purchase?

6. How many units are rentals and how many are owner-occupied? Does that make a difference in whether or not I can get a condo loan?

7. What are the fees in addition to my condo mortgage payments that I will have to pay (upfront fees, on-going or monthly fees)?

8. If you don’t understand any of the answers, ask them to explain their answers and keep asking questions until you’re sure you understand!


  1. says

    Great blog post Alison. I really like your list of questions to ask. I think it is easy to take the health of the condo association for granted. This is a great thing to keep in mind, “A condo loan requires both the buyer and the condo association to qualify.”

  2. Jam Startston says

    We must be very cautious. This is not being hysterical, but with the recent quakes the world had witnessed, we must see to it that these condos are built to withstand high-intensity quakes. Or else, our lives are at risk.

  3. Joseph Chambers says

    You have some really good information here Alison. I never knew that there are different types of loans for different types of properties.

  4. Morad says

    Not only easier You would have pritectoon for you legally!In real estate there is so much paperwork along with Continuous Negotiations are you willing to risk all that just to by a house for sale by owner.. just because they don’t want to pay an agent doesn’t mean you don’t have to! You can still request to use an agent especially if your online seeking help from complete strangers tells me you really need to seek a professional real estate agent w/ a lot of experience to negotiate and keep you legally safe!Isn’t that what you want! I would watch out for, for sale by owners. that’s what I would watch out for and by the way you can negotiate the price even lower because you can dangle the fact that they are saving commissions and doing them a favor! I am an agent and selling my home and using my broker because of the legal ramifications. You can always be too safe!References :

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