When is a Steamboat townhome not a townhome? When it’s a condo, of course!
If that doesn’t make any sense, you are not alone. When it comes to financing a Steamboat townhome or condominium, the lender’s underwriter decides how a property is classified. I recently worked with a buyer who purchased a place that looked like a townhome. It had several levels, a front door, a garage in front, and common walls on the sides. The first lender said “this is a condo and we won’t finance it.” The second lender said “this is a condo and we will finance it, but you’ll have to put more money down and pay a higher interest rate.” The third lender said “this is a townhome and we are happy to finance it.”
Same property. Same buyer (with excellent credit.) Different underwriter.
Some of the things underwriters look for when they classify a development are:
- Is there any land included with the purchase? If there isn’t, the townhome is technically a condo built on the development’s common area.
- How do the governing documents classify the property? If any of the CIC documents (Articles of Incorporation, etc.) use the word ‘condominium’, there is a good chance your townhome is a condo.
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