Dave Tap Tapper
Yes, you might be able to get FHA "spot approval" for the condo building. There is a very limited number of condo buildings in San Francisco that qualify as pre-approved for FHA financing. I have a list of the 16 San Francisco condominium projects (some old, some new construction) that are already FHA approved.
However, FHA loans are excellent options right now. I recently helped clients buy a wonderful home through FHA with 3% down payment! They got a 30-year fixed interest rate loan of 5%!!
Make sure you are working with an FHA experienced mortgage broker/banker AND real estate professional as your buyer's agent.
FHA loans are great but are more complex and you need a solid team helping you out. Contact me or another Trulia Pro to see how we can help.
Best of luck,
Danielle Lazier, San Francisco Realtor
Zephyr Real Estate
Hello. Definitely touch bases with your lender to determine if the lender will allow an exception for this particular situation. Your Realtor should be able to help you manage this as well and can help to find out more detailed information to help find a solution for your situation.
Alain Pinel Realtors
As they said below, only your banker or mortgage broker can answer that question. If you are searching for other names, ask your Agent. He or she should know a ton. You can also go to my website and click on RESOURCES and then mortgage brokers and call any of them. I would try Serena Greening, Miles Grant or Robin Powell.