95% Condo Mortgages Back for People with Good Credit!

High Rise Condos in the Loop's New Eastside NeighborhoodStarting late last year and until this week condo buyers had to put a minimum of 10% down unless they bought an FHA approved condo. Condo mortgages requiring only a 5% down payment with no FHA restrictions are now available for well qualified condo buyers!

According to Baird & Warner Financial Services Loan Consultant, Michael Polera, “As of March 15th Radian Group Inc. one of the nation’s major credit risk management companies has decided to venture back into insuring low down payment condominium loans. Initially mortgage insurance for 95% condo loans will be available for only very well qualified buyers. The underwriting guidelines are conservative, requiring low debt to income ratios, high credit scores and cash reserves after closing. Also, newly constructed buildings and conversion projects will have to meet certain guidelines.”

Not only does this make buying a condo a possibility for more well qualified buyers, it gives them more choices since the condos don’t need to be FHA approved. This is also good news for sellers with condos that aren’t FHA approved since it increases the pool of potential buyers.

If you want to buy a condo and have good credit, but have been stopped by the 10% down payment requirement or FHA restrictions, contact me for more information on these new mortgages.

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Fran Bailey Fran Bailey is a Realtor who has been quoted in numerous Chicago and national publications. To schedule showings for any listings, get a free market analysis for your home or to contact Fran email her at fran.bailey@bairdwarner.com or call 773.793.4516. Learn More


  1. says

    I hope this is true, we have so many over here that don’t qualify for FHA loans.

    It has really hurt our condo market. It has not been the 10% down but the condo community either not being 75% finished or not turned over to homeowners or not FHA approved.

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