How Long Do I Need to Live on the Property If I Get an FHA Loan?

The FHA requires that you use the property as your primary residence for at least 12 months after the loan closes. If not, you may be subject to penalties.

The FHA loan policy is intended to provide would-be homeowners the opportunity to purchase their new homes. It is not intended to provide investors with a means to profit from the purchase and sale of property (at least not within the first 12 months). Thus, the 12 month limit prevents FHA borrowers from immediately selling the property after the loan closes.