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$7 billion Federal House-Flipping Program

Updated on October 11, 2012

The 2008 subprime mortgage crisis had a severe and lasting impact on the housing market. Millions of people lost their homes in foreclosure, home property values plummeted, and banks stop lending. In fact, according to the U.S. Census, last year the U.S. had 15 million vacant homes, an increase of 44% from 2000. The increasing number of home vacancies due to foreclosure and abandonment has driven home property values down in communities nationwide. To remedy this problem the Obama Administration passed the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). The primary goal of the program is to stabilize communities that have suffered the most by purchasing and redeveloping foreclosed and abandoned residential properties. The hope is that by fixing up vacant homes, property values will increase and people will be encouraged to renovate other homes in the community.

The NSP was established in 2008 by Title III of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act. The $7 billion program provides emergency assistance, in the form of grants, to state and local governments to acquire and redevelop foreclosed or abandoned properties within their communities. The state and local governments use the grants to buy, fix up, and resell the properties with the hope that property values will increase thus causing investors within the private sector to follow suit.

Thus far, several cities have made use of the program. Local groups in Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, Arlington, Palm Beach County, and many more are using the federal grants authorized by the NSP to revive their communities. The NSP allows for approaches tailored to local conditions by authorizing grants through liaisons with both non-profit groups and for-profit developers. In this way, the local groups and developers, not the federal government, make the informed decisions on how to best apply the funds. To assist such groups, the NSP allocates $50 million to national and local technical assistance providers to support the NSP grantees.


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      shafiqurst21 5 years ago

      I first started flipping houses because of my love of the “flipping” shows! While most

      of them have gone by the way-side, you are correct that watching HGTV and other home

      design programs truly give investors a look at up-and-coming styles and also a peak

      inside the mind of future buyers (no more brown paneling!). Buying a home is such an

      emotional adventure, and most buyers truly do want just what they see on TV.

      I also love the DIY shows that give me tons of good ideas on how to do maintenance and

      rehabs better. I seem to learn something new every time I watch one of those. It’s not

      often we can say that we learn from TV!

      Keep up the good work!