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Condo refinancing with less than 50% occupancy

I was approved a couple months ago for a HARP loan on a condo. It's considered an investment property, has a value of 119,000 and the current loan is 140,000, so loan to value is about 118%. I was approved by AimLoan and everything was ready to close until they pulled the HOA questionnaire and saw that over 50% of units were renters. That sunk the deal despite my excellent credit and approval for the HARP program. It seems this is a huge barrier for condo owners and credit unions have told me that they would not be able to help. The condo is located in Murrieta, California. Where can I go to refinance? by Tami59_597_172 from Murrieta, California. Oct 4th 2011 Reply


Walt Terry (ARMortgage)
#6 ranked lender in Arkansas - 11 contributions

The issue you are running into is that its whats considered non warrantable. The property would not be eligible to be sold to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. I would suggest you contact a local bank and see if you can get a in house loan versus a secondary market loan. You may be able to get a bank to do a 5 or 10 year loan amortized over 20 or 30 years. There no place right now in the secondary market for these property tpyes.

Oct 4th 2011
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William J Acres (William_Acres)
#73 ranked lender in Arizona - 8,726 contributions

I'm not aware of any loan program outside of HARP that would allow financing on a condo, less than 50% owner occupied, and 118% LTV... this loan does not exist... Hard Money, Soft Money, or Conventional, FHA, VA, USDA.. Your only shot is to go back to your original lender and see if they will refinance you under HARP... they already have your loan, so there would be no additional risk for them... WilliamAcres.com

Oct 4th 2011
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Rudi Hofmann (CaPortfolioLoans)
#278 ranked lender in California - 380 contributions

William is spot on Tami. Good luck. ...... Happy funding, Rudi

Oct 5th 2011
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