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HUD has just extended the waiver of the 90 day seasoning for REOs being sold to FHA customers. They have extened it to May 10th 2010. That means you can sell an REO to an FHA borrower immediately. No waiting the 90 days.. sounds like a challenge. This includes the 203b and 203k.

Property Flipping has been frowned on and considered illegal by HUD for quite a while. I remember having them in my office once years ago telling me just that. I had purchased a property at a wholesale price, and sold it a few days later for a nice profit... they lectured me on how that was illegal. I then suggested that I had a grocery store and purchased bread at a wholesale price, put a markup on that bread and resold it later that same day to achieve my profit. The fact was that the property I sold, without doing anything to it, was sold under market by me as well. I finally was able to convence them what I had done was normal in the course of real estate business. I never heard from them again so I guess they agreed.

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Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

I got the same notice this morning.  It needs to have a permanent extension.  If it's a bank trying to resell a foreclosure, they should always have the right to get rid of it without waiting the 90 days.

May 19, 2009 12:29 AM #1
Ron Tiller
Star Referral - Grand rapids MI - Grand Rapids, MI

Love your story from the past. Flipping indeed. You called their bluff and they backed down. Good job.

May 19, 2009 12:38 AM #2
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Mike, the extension should help out a lot of people get FHA loans. I haven't heard that flipping a property is illegal. In the past the buyer may not have been able to get an FHA loan, but could have pursued alternative financing.

May 19, 2009 01:09 AM #3
Mike Young, covering the USA - Las Vegas, NV
FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807

Donna, I agree. You have a problem you should be able to get rid of that problem ASAP.

Ron, I was merely pointing out a flaw in their thought process... ha.

Ron and Mike, Flipping properties was considered illegal if we buy and sell for a profit without adding any value to the property according to the IG and the FBI years ago. Don't know if they still feel that way. When you purchase and fix up then sell that isn't considered flipping though some TV shows would like to call it that.

Thanks for commenting. I appreciate it.

May 19, 2009 09:06 AM #4
Robert Machado
HomePointe Property Management, CRMC - Sacramento, CA
CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management

That is good news.  I hope it continues as well.

May 19, 2009 11:27 AM #5
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