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Underwriting standards and design elements

VHFA underwrites developments to be sure they are properly built, completed within budgeted constraints and the stated time frame and meet affordability covenants. Underwriting looks beyond compliance with program rules and target marketing. It includes an in-depth review of underlying project assumptions, demand for the project, acquisition and rehab/construction costs, as well as long-term financial viability.

VHFA's underwriting standards are intended to balance credit risk to maintain a high bond rating with providing the flexibility needed by a wide variety of projects. These standards also meet the needs of bond investors, to help make capital investment in Vermont attractive.

Standards

Design elements

Developers should also be aware of fair housing laws including, but not limited to, Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, Section 504, and Vermont accessibility standards.