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Bank Foreclosures Devastate Community Associations

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A survey conducted by Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL) confirms problems with community operations and lack of maintenance as a result of foreclosures. Averaged out, over 100 people per day responded to the 2nd Annual Foreclosure Survey conducted by the Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL). Over ninety (90%) percent of them say first mortgagees should pay more after they obtain title through foreclosures and more than half of them complain about the amount of vacant homes in their communities. Foreclosures have a significant impact on association budgets. From the Community Association’s perspective, lenders are insulated from falling home prices while bills for insurance, property maintenance, management and other expenses must be paid. The leader of the Community Association Practice Group of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. has been quoted saying lenders must pay for the maintenance and protection of the collateral. Associations need effective ways to secure this contribution and continuing to subsidize the administrative and physical needs of the property taxes some homeowners beyond their means. The Federal Housing Finance Agency House Price Index (HPI) shows home values from the 3rd quarter of 2007 to the present time dropped by close to $3 trillion dollars. The agency’s director, James B. Lockhart, III, offered statistics at a presentation in Washington, D.C. on February 19, 2009. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA loans represented just over thirty (30%) percent of those labeled “seriously delinquent” and private sector loans (which include jumbo and sub-prime mortgages) account for more than sixty (60%) percent of the seriously delinquent loans. While the Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan provides incentives to lenders to modify mortgages, relief cannot come soon enough for Florida’s community leaders. One respondent to the CALL survey lamented about community associations receiving “the short end of the stick” while elected officials “give in to the demands of the lobby groups of the banking industry”. It appears a mandate has been issued to the elected officials in Florida to create a legislative solution to this crisis.

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  • nancy
    October 30, 2009

    can a condo association reduce the maintenance owed (the six months that we can collect in a short sale) so a short sale will go through.