FHA Finally Flips Out

Real Estate Agent with Forefront Real Estate/ Forefront Mortgage

How many of you have been out house hunting and seen some bank owned properties that look like this:

Anti-Flipping Law

They are usually the ones that the "creative" REO agent describes with terms like " Needs a little TLC" or "Handyman's Delight". In reality, the description should be "Bring your own hand sanitizer. This ones a dump".

The problem is that if an investor buys that lil gem,fixes it up and sell it, he's labeled as a "flipper".  In today's market that's equivalent to sporting a scarlet letter A from years past. The punishment for such a heinous act is that, as a flipper, you aren't allowed to re-sell that renewed, improved property for 90 days. If your reaction is ...HUUUHHHHHHH???... you're not alone.Luckily, FHA has come to its senses..well at least on this point. Starting 2/1/2010, and with a couple of minor exceptions, a flipper can buy, fix up, and re-sell that property to you immediately. If you qualify, you can get an FHA loan to buy it. So instead of needing some "elbow grease" on the above property, you can now put an offer in on something like this:


Several months ago when it originally came to light,I addressed this problem in a previous blog post:

Why We Need More Investors In This Market    


Comments (4)

Michael J. Gallo
Florida Luxury Realty - New Port Richey, FL
Florida Luxury Realty - Gulf Home Sales Team

Thank you for posting this.  It's the first time Im hearing about it.  Im off to look into it more.

Jan 18, 2010 12:55 AM
Ellen Crawford
Maximum One Executive REALTORS® - Alpharetta, GA
Alpharetta Real Estate Agents & Alpharetta REALTOR

They should have allowed investors in from day 1.

Jan 18, 2010 01:21 AM
Pat Palmer
Forefront Real Estate/ Forefront Mortgage - Upland, CA
Realtor - Upland, CA 91786

I totally agree. I found it odd that the one time we needed investors the most, they were all but shut out of the market.

Jan 18, 2010 11:54 PM
Tom Sykes

As a mortgage consultant, a few of our lenders are requiring a second appraisal even after the 90 day period. Strange crazy days!

May 30, 2010 08:51 AM