While some of you will understand instantly what this post’s subject title means, others will get lost along the way if we don’t clarify some road signs.


That ‘FHA Anti-Flipping Rule Waiver’ stop sign is good through ‘Dec 31, 2012’. No California-stops, please. Thank you.

Before moving forward, let’s make sure we all understand the legal definition of “Property Flipping”:

A practice whereby a property recently acquired is resold for a considerable profit with an artificially inflated value.” ~ Housing and Urban Development / Fair Housing Administration (HUD/FSA)

(And for those who think flipping requires anything less than deep pockets and lots of hard work, the creator and star of A&E’s reality show, “Flip This House” has some great insight into the inevitable question: Is house-flipping as easy as it looks on TV?)

The stop sign was put in on February 1, 2010 by HUD/FHA. Before that, there was one of these:


What that meant was that prior to the February 1, 2010, HUD/FHA didn’t allow a home buyer to use an FHA loan when purchasing a home from an investor who bought the home, did repairs and renovations, then listed it for sale within ninety days of the original acquisition date. If you were a buyer with an FHA loan, you had to wait until the 91st day to make an offer on a flipped home sold by an investor.

This prompted investors to stay away from HUD owned homes, which had the kind of negative effects we’ve all seen with REO’s (bank owned homes) being abandoned for long periods of time, leading to vandalism, squatters, and reflecting poorly on the surrounding community. The rule was originally supposed to expire in Feb 2010, but with so many houses distressed and foreclosed the FHA waived the rule (video) to encourage home buying until Dec 31, 2012.

Because of the FHA 90-day flip waiver extension (full PDF guidelines), investors can now accept offers from FHA buyers within the first 90 days.

This has been an important extension because the goal of ‘house flipping’ is (of course) to sell the home as fast as possible and for as much as possible. This helps to stabilize home prices by allowing home investors to purchase HUD or bank-owned houses and sell them quicker, raise housing prices faster, removing all the negative effects of abandoned homes, and therefore turn the housing market around sooner.

Since the original waiver went into effect on February 1, 2010, FHA has insured nearly 42,000 mortgages worth more than $7 billion on properties resold within 90 days of acquisition.” ~ HUD.gov

Come Jan 1, 2013…


What lies ahead for the U.S. Housing Market…?


What about closer to home, say Central Phoenix? I’ve been writing about that very thing over the last couple months in my series ‘Get Your PHX Market Briefing’ based on my expertise in this area and with invaluable input from Mike Orr at The Cromford Report.

If you would like to be part of a future ‘Get Your PHX Market Briefing’, please contact me at 602-456-9388 or feel free to email me.

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