VA Changes Approval Process for Site Condos in Michigan

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Housing Finance by on May 29, 2018 0 Comments

In an important victory for NAHB and Michigan home builders, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has announced a major change that will waive VA’s site condo approval process for single-family detached homes in the state of Michigan.

The vast majority of single-family detached homes in Michigan are built as site condos and are subject to the VA’s condo approval rules which unnecessarily burden veterans and those serving in the armed services applying for a VA loan.

A site condo is defined as a single-family totally detached dwelling (no shared garages or other attached buildings) encumbered by a declaration of condominium covenants or condominium for ownership. Historically, many single-family developments in Michigan have been built as site condos. Since the developments were entitled as condos, they were subject to VA’s Condominium Approval and Processing.

Effective immediately, Michigan builders will no longer have to get VA approval for a site condo project. In short, applications for a VA mortgage on a site condo property in Michigan will now be processed like mortgages on single-family detached homes.

The VA had received many complaints from lenders, builders and borrowers during the past several years regarding its cumbersome condo project approval requirements for site condos. The problem has been particularly acute in Michigan, and NAHB worked closely with the HBA of Michigan and the VA to roll back this rule and simplify the home financing process for the state’s deserving veterans.

The VA’s decision is the culmination of a nearly year-long effort working with the agency to resolve this issue, and it’s yet another example of the value of NAHB membership.

The VA circular announcing the change is here. For more information, contact Curtis Milton at 800-368-5242 x8597.

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