How to Get Certification for HOA

By Pharaba Witt

HOA Certification, or Home Owner's Association Certification, is designed to protect buyers and lenders based on the current status of a particular area. The certification provides the buyer with all the information about the Home Owner's Association involved with the property the person is acquiring. It provides a significant amount of information including the likelihood of future assessments and the type of accounting associated with the group. HOAs can also be certified via the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), which allows for buyers with modified loans to be able to work within condo complexes. This type of certification is beneficial to a HOA in order to be able to work with all types of buyers.

HOA Certification for Buyer

Contact your Home Owner's Association or logon to the website. Find out what paperwork must be filed.

Ask the association what the expected turnaround time is on such paperwork. If you are serious about selling you might wish to start this process prior to putting your home on the market to ensure the paperwork is complete.

Fill out all forms and paperwork associated with certification. This is often just a simple request form for your particular association.

Pay any fees associated with the certification. Sometimes these fees are considered part of your yearly dues while other associations choose to charge a separate fee.

Follow-up with the office to ensure the certification is completed.

HOA Certification by FHA

Locate local certification vendors. These vendors will be able to walk you through the certification process including the inspection.

Interview multiple vendors in order to determine what services are provided and at what fees.

Examine the track record of the vendors. All certification organizations provide you with information regarding the approval rating of the applicants submitted by the company upon your request. Pay close attention to condo complexes like the one you are trying to certify and the success rate of the company.

Hire a vendor to handle the application process. This will include providing significant financial information about the HOA as well as the members.

Pay all fees associated with certification, which can be more than $5000.

File any amendments as necessary if fixes are required in order to complete the certification process. The process is known to take a month though no standard is officially set.