Not sure how to respond so I am doing it through an answer. I am aware of the risks. I strategically short sold my home and have a good opportunity to buy a new home (same size and location - but new) for less than half the price of my old home. My wife can purchase in her name, but we must show that she no longer lives in the house we are short selling first. Therefore if we can move into this home and rent for 1 to 2 years she (and possibly I) can qualify for this home. This will allow us to move once, and will allow an investor to make a year or three of rental income... with the security of a down payment. Because the home is new we would "finish" the home and landscaping making it an even more secure investment for the investor. An investor stands to make 40K+ year (even after allowing a portion of the rent to apply to the purchase). On an 800K investment the investor stands to make a 10% gain after two years....thats better than most stocks. If anyone has any interest let me know- it would be a win win.