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Condo Hotel Financing

Condo Hotel financing can be challenging. Condo Hotels are a relatively new investment property vehicle being offered in vacation and resort areas. They are typically set up as condominiums with a lobby area containing a rental desk. Owners may use the property when they wish and make their unit available for weekly rental through a rental pool. They may be a viable alternative to the more traditional approach of buying a condo at the beach as a second home and then placing the unit into a rental program run by a property management company. In many areas of the country, these management fees can run from 25 to 30% of your rental income. Some of the Condo Hotels I have looked at appear to offer a less expensive alternative to the management fees but, as always, you need to do your due diligence to be sure. From a financing perspective, a Condo Hotel will require a larger down payment than a more traditional condominium. Condos used as second or vacation homes can generally be financed with a 10% down payment and mortgage insurance can be avoided with a combination condo hotel financing strategy. Although at slightly higher rates, I do have several lenders who will make available 95% financing. Please email with any questions about condo hotel financing

Unfortunately, many mortgage lenders have not yet caught on to this rapidly growing segment of the market. As a mortgage broker, I have access to nearly 700 lenders and some fairly sophisticated lender search tools. Of the 700 lenders, only 14 returned any loan programs which allow Condo Hotel financing. Most require fully documented income with 25-30% down payments with no secondary financing permitted. However, one of my favorite lenders will permit up to 80% financing on a full doc loan and up to 75% financing on a stated income mortgage loan or No Ratio mortgage. This lender will permit interest only mortgage financing which may significantly reduce your monthly costs. 

Common guidelines include:

Minimum loan amount is $200,000.
Participation in a rental pool must be voluntary.
Income from second home rentals used for qualifying purposes will be considered on a case by case basis if a 2 year history is available.
Commercial space is limited to a maximum of 20% of the project.
New Condo projects or conversions must meet a pre-sale requirement of 70% sold and or/closed. 60% must be either owner occupied or second homes.
HOA may still be under the control of the builder/developer.
There is no height restriction or number of units restriction.
Projects with Timeshare units are not eligible.

Max Loan Amount                 Full Doc                                     Stated Income/No Ratio

$500,000                                80%                                            75%
$650,000                                75%                                            70%
$1,000,000                             70%                                            65%

Read more about Condo Hotel Financing Closing Costs

If you are looking at a Condo Hotel and would like to explore some options, please give me a call or send me an email with as much detail as possible

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