Boulder condo lending becoming a challenge

Historically low interest rates and an economy slowly on the mend have buyers and sellers starting to ponder a return to the real estate market.

Yet on the heels of a rough fourth quarter for Boulder’s real estate market, new government-backed financing requirements and a hesitant private lending industry could further stall a comeback for the city’s residential condominium market.

Increased restrictions following the financial crisis are making it tougher to obtain a loan or refinance a condo—especially in a college town like Boulder, where many condos are rented out or serve as investment property.