Re: conforming mortgage question
From: Diana Carroll (
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2010 13:23:01 -0800 (PST)
No none of our loans have been conforming. We ran into the arm's length thing once or twice but more often the problem is related to number of sold/presold units. They want to see at least 70% presold and 50% owner occupied plus you budget must meet various requirements.

You can right you p&s in a way less likely to trigger the arm's length clause by referring to deposit not equity.

Most of our mortgages came through our constuction lenders, especially the early ones

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On Mar 1, 2010, at 9:45 AM, Kristen Simmons <simmonskristen [at]> wrote:

This one's for all the financial experts out there. Please be kind if I get
some of the terms wrong, I know just enough to ask the questions.

My group, Stony Brook Cohousing in Boston, is doing some early research on
mortgages. A question has come up about conforming mortgages. These
mortgages conform to certain standards, such as a limit on the total loan amount, etc. Another standard is that the transaction must be arms length.
How have groups dealt with this?

As I understand it, purchasers in new cohousing communities are usually also members of the development entity. Since the purchaser is buying from an entity that s/he is a member of, is the transaction still considered arms
length? Do people in cohousing have conforming mortgages?

Thanks in advance,

PS: We are looking for neighbors. Construction will begin December 2010, and
we will move in on December 2011. Join us in the fun.!/pages/Stony-Brook-CoHousing/312771196582?ref=ts
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