CAI is working to ensure that residents of community
associations have access to fair and affordable mortgages through our engagement
with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). FHFA was established by Congress
to oversee Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks following the
financial crisis of 2008.
One of FHFA’s first regulatory efforts was a proposal to prohibit
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or any Federal Home Loan Banks from buying mortgages for
properties that have deed provisions that require a transfer fee to be paid at
the time of sale. Such transfer fees are commonly used by community associations
to fund reserves and other operations in a community. Had the FHFA proposal been
adopted, up to 11 million homes in community associations would be unable to
qualify for most mortgage products.