FHA Condominium Project Review Training

Lending regulations and best practices are constantly evolving, as are the complexities of quickly closing loans across a host of unique condominiums. That's why National Condo Advisors is proud to continue its online project approval training series presented by agency veterans that are luminaries in the field.

Former HUD Technical Branch Chief, Darlene Shannon presents an interactive webinar on  Wednesday July 19th. The focus of this webinar will be on basic requirements for condominium developments seeking FHA condo lending approval and recent guideline changes that can effect eligibility. 

Course Benefits

This webinar is designed for mortgage underwriters, processors, originators and property managers. It will outline FHA lending trends and provide key strategies for determining eligibility early in the condo review process. New FHA policies may allow previously rejected condo developments to now be approved. 


This course is a comprehensive introduction to the condominium project review process. This session will outline  the HRAP and DELRAP condo approval methods and provide key updates on recent changes in FHA condo eligibility. Find out the reasons behind the guidelines and learn how to guide a condo development through the compliance process and ensure approval.

Live Chat!

Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions via the "live chat" option. Join one of the most knowledgeable and respected former FHA agency employees as she outlines key strategies for processing, underwriting and approving condominium projects through the FHA. Registrants are encouraged to submit their questions directly to Darlene prior to the event via email at dshannon@nationalcondoadvisors.com!

Date : Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Time : 1PM to 2:30PM EST
Lecture Type : Interactive Webinar

Price per Session $99

Class Description


  • HRAP/DELRAP methods of review explained
  • What is required to become a DELRAP condo reviewer
  • How to identify and determine the best method of project review
  • FHA Project Eligibility and Documentation Requirements
  • Systems
  • FHA recent updates
  • Live Chat! Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions via the “live chat” option. Registrants are encouraged to submit their questions directly to Darlene prior to the event via email at dshannon@nationalcondoadvisors.com

Condo Lending Training Overview

Each 1 ½ hour Session is presented by industry experts, including:

  • Gary Newman, Former Director of Fannie Mae Project Standards
  • Darlene Shannon, Former Chief Technical Branch HUD Philadelphia Homeownership Center
  • Orest Tomaselli, President/CEO of National Condo Advisors and Strategic Inspections


Gary Newman: Condo and Co-op Lending Instructor, National Condo Advisors

During his 37-year tenure of employment with Fannie Mae, Gary Newman has predominantly held responsibilities in the management and oversight of the Agency’s national project review team. Prior to leaving Fannie Mae in March 2017, Gary was most recently the Director, Project Review for 6 years, and was highly successful in effectively managing the corporation’s risk exposure and PUD projects. Gary is well regarded by colleagues throughout the industry for possessing a strong knowledge about risk associated with the legal, financial and operational structure of condo, coop and PUD projects.

Gary has always been committed to providing training not only to mortgage lenders, but also to other industry partners such as National Association of Realtor, Builders, Developers Housing Finance Agencies, and Community Associations Inc. Training that serves well to enhance their ability to properly interpret and apply Fannie Mae eligibility requirements when developing, marketing and financing units in condo, coop and PUD projects. All with the end goal of supporting the sustainability of mortgage financing for the purchase or refinance units in these residential communities.
Gary resides with his family in Atlanta, GA, and enjoys spending free time on home renovation and furniture refinishing.

Darlene Shannon: Condo Lending Instructor, FHA Specialist, National Condo Advisors

A diligent and driven professional Darlene has achieved success and experience throughout a 29 + year career span within several Federal Government Housing Agencies. As an effective communicator, team-builder and mentor with strong managerial, analytical and organizational skills she was successful in managing a diverse staff of underwriters, appraisers, construction analysts’ and support team.

Her federal career began with the Rural Housing Service, formerly Farmers Home Administration, in 1985. She served in a variety of roles including Property Management Specialist and Rural Development Manager with direct endorsement authority for Single Family Loan and Grant Programs throughout the State of New Jersey.

In 2004 she joined the Department of Housing and Urban Development (FHA) in the Philadelphia Homeownership Center where she served as Technical Branch Chief until 2015. As Technical Branch Chief one of her responsibilities was the oversight of all technical aspects of the FHA Condominium Project Approval Process and the national condo review contract.
After retiring from her role at HUD in 2015, Darlene joined the team at National Condo Advisors as Chief Business Development Officer. Darlene routinely provides lender training and offers a high-level problem resolution guidance for its lender clients.