Potomac Heights Procedures for Purchasing
 
PHMHOA strongly recommends that BEFORE you apply for membership you obtain your free annual copy of your credit report from www.annualcreditreport.com, the website established by the three major Credit Reporting Agencies in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Please review your credit report and correct any errors PRIOR to applying for membership.

PHMHOA has an established policy on approving appliances for membership. Please review the policy so that you are aware of the criterion we consider when reviewing an application.

Membership Approval Policy

GENERAL POLICY STATEMENT

Potomac Heights Mutual Homeowners' Association (PHMHOA) establishes the following policy to define the qualifications to become a member of the cooperative, handling of confidential applicant information, and our non-discrimination practices.


CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

All information provided to PHMHOA in the process of applying for membership in the cooperative is confidential. The applicant's information is accessible to the administrative staff and the Vice President of the Board of Directors who serve as our membership officer. An overview of an applicant's information is discussed when an application is presented for approval by the Board if Directors.


Upon approval for membership an applicant's information becomes part of their confidential membership record.

If an applicant is turned down for membership their application is retained for a period of 12 months, remains confidential and then
ultimately destroyed.

PHMHOA DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE

PHMHOA does not discriminate based upon race, color, sex, national origin, religion, family status, physical disabilities/handicap, martial status, age or lawful source of income.


PHMHOA considers a number of different criterions in deciding whether to approve membership or not. Those criterions are:

- Income
- Prior housing information (rental history, mortgage history, history of HOA dues, etc.)
- Credit history
- Financial obligations
- Your Public Record(s)

- The validity of the information you provide on your application
- The number of people intending to occupy the dwelling
- Verification of your identity with a valid non-expired US Government issued ID

Reasons to deny an application for membership:

- Pets (number or unacceptable breeds)
- Prior evictions, foreclosures, debts to other communities
- Poor credit history
- Excessive financial obligations
- Not sufficient income or non-verifiable source of income
- False or missing information on the application
- Does not complete the entire membership process
- Number of occupants exceeds "reasonable" occupancy limits
- Poor reference from a past landlord (unpaid rent, damages, etc.)
- Unable to provide positive identification
- Information contained in your public record

FINANCIAL QUALIFICATIONS

To ensure that applicants becoming members will have the ability to pay the monthly obligations to PHMHOA as well as reasonable living expenses for a PHMHOA dwelling we have established a maximum debt-to-income ratio and a minimum disposable income threshold.


1. The maximum Debt-to-Income Ratio for an individual applicant or joint applicants is 55%

2. The minimum calculated Disposable Income for any applicant(s) must be at least $1,000 per month

MEMBERSHIP APPROVAL PROCESS

1. New Membership - Individual
Complete and sign the application, provide proof of income, attend the membership orientation in-person

2. New Membership - Joint
Complete and sign one joint application, provide proof of income for both parties, attend the membership orientation in-person

3. Add-On Membership
Complete and sign the add-on membership application. Both the existing member and the applicant to be added must attend the
membership orientation in-person

4. Inherited Membership
Complete and sign a membership application, provide proof of income, attend the membership orientation in-person

5. Applicants are required to provide proof of income

a. Only lawful, verifiable income is acceptable.
i. This includes verifiable government subsidized forms of income. Examples of such income are social security, court
ordered child support, court ordered 
spousal support. or food and healthcare vouchers.
ii. Those who receive pay from an employer please provide copies of your two most recent paystubs. If your employer is your business, or your family's business, please also provide copies of your tax returns and/or 1099 forms for the past
two years
.
iii. Those who are self-employed provide copies of your tax returns and/or 1099 forms for the past two tax years.

b. If you are self-employed we may require additional information such as business license and Tax ID Number.

6. We review your credit report
PHMHOA obtains and reviews the credit report of all applicants.

a. Any debt with an outstanding balance listed on your credit report is included in your debt-to-income calculation
i. PHMHOA calculates an estimated minimum payment for debts with no listed minimum payment, such as student loans or
collection items. Minimum payment is calculated as 2% of the balance owed.
ii. Student loans in deferral at the time of application are included in your debt-to-income calculation because they will one
day affect your ability to pay your obligations to PHMHOA.
iii. The full payment amount of any joint debt is included in the debt-to-income calculation.

7. We review your public records and the public records of any age 18 and over who will reside in your home.
PHMHOA performs a judiciary case search of public records for all applicants. We may deny membership when the applicant, or any family member age 18 and over, has a history of criminal behavior involving convictions or pending charges for crimes involving violence against people or property, illegal possession of weapons, illegal substance use or sale, sexual offenses, theft or fraud.

8. Membership Orientation
All parties who will be listed on the membership certificate are required to attend a membership orientation. Orientation for
prospective members is offered once or twice each month based upon the number of pending applications. Orientation usually
lasts about 60 minutes.

TRANSFER OF MEMBERSHIP

From time-to-time an existing member may wish to transfer their membership to a different address upon the sale of their current membership. This is permitted when the following conditions are met:


1. The existing shares must be sold and the buyer (new member) must have gone to settlement. Owning more than one share is
not permitted.

2. Only members who have been in-good-standing for the previous twelve (12) months will be permitted to transfer their membership.
Note: In-good-standing is defined as paying the monthly operating payment by the first calendar day of each month, not violation any
by-laws, not violating any rules or regulations.

3. The member has 120 days from the sale of their current membership to go to settlement on a new address.

PHMHOA will waive the membership fee when transferring a membership from one address to another. The settlement fee and real estate property tax on the new address remain due at the time of settlement on the new address.
Procedures for Purchasing a Membership

Want to learn about the purchasing procedures for a membership in
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WANT TO BECOME A MEMBER?


Please call the housing office to verify that the address you are
interested in has been granted permission to sell.
Visit our Homes for Sale page for more information.


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              Indian Head, MD 20640

   Office: 301-743-3031

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Potomac Heights Mutual
Homeowners Association is a
cooperative community established in
1949 located about 20 miles south of Washington, D.C. in Indian Head,
MD. Our community is situated on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River a
convenient drive to the Indian Head
Naval Support Facility, Waldorf,
La Plata, and Washington, D.C.
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If interested in purchasing a home in the Potomac Heights Mutual
Homeowners Association, please
stop by our Housing Office to pick up
a Buyer's Package.

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