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An Important Message from CAI

31 Aug An Important Message from CAI

By now, many of you may have heard about a proposed regulation from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued on August 13, 2010. 

Under the FHFA proposal, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and all federal home loan banks would be prohibited from purchasing mortgages for properties in communities with deed-based transfer fees. While the target of the regulation appears to be private deed-based transfer fees that require a payment to a third party each time a property is sold, the proposed rule would appear to include deed-based transfer fees used by many community associations. If implemented as drafted, this means that associations with such fees may be locked out of the mortgage markets.

The definition of a deed-based transfer fee used by FHFA is fairly broad. It may be deemed to include any fee or payment required at time of sale of a property by a deed or covenant restriction.

There may be confusion in the interpretation of the “deed-based transfer fees” and there is a possibility, albeit remote, that the current FHFA draft could be misinterpreted to apply to other fees important to community association operations.  With that in mind, Community Associations Institute (CAI) is collecting data on private transfer fees and other community association related fees so that it may adequately and aggressively represent the interests of the community associations and community management professionals on this issue.

 There are several ways you can help:

 First, if applicable, please fill out the survey by clicking here. 

  • If your community does not have a deed-based transfer fee, that is important for CAI to know as well. 
  • If you are a management company CEO, community manager, please fill out the survey and pass this on to your community association clients and encourage them to respond.   
  •  If you are a business partner, please pass this on to your community association clients and encourage them to respond. 

In the coming weeks, CAI will follow-up with additional information and action requests that will include:

Information on how individual communities can file comments on the proposed regulation.

  • Information and sample letters to send to your federal congressional representative and Senators.

CAI hopes that you will take action to help ensure that residents living in community associations can have access to mortgages for their properties. If you have any questions, please send them to G& with the subject line “FHFA Transfer Fee Regulation.”

For an FAQ and more information on the FHFA regulation, please click here.