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Buying Foreclosed Properties

When it comes to buying a new home, probably one of the biggest things on everyone’s mind is whether they’ll be able to find the property they want within the price range they can afford. It seems like everywhere you look property values are on the rise, and especially in urban areas, it’s becoming difficult to find a home that meets your practical standards and still falls within the affordability range. But there are alternatives to buying on the expensive open market, and one of the most lucrative can be buying bank foreclosed homes.

Buying bank foreclosure properties can be a much better way to find a truly discounted price on a home. These properties are the result of bank foreclosures, which are repossessions of homes that are then sold to collect debts. When a homeowner defaults on payment of their home mortgage loan, the lender will have to repossess their property and sell it to reclaim the amount owed in debt. But often times, the debt owed is far less than the actual value of the home. This means that a lender can undersell these homes and still make back all of the money they need, while the buyer stands to benefit by purchasing great real estate for anywhere from 10 to 50% off the price it would fetch on the open market!

Where do most investors turn to when they seek pre-foreclosure opportunities? Sure, they take a look at free foreclosure listings or even sources of foreclosure listings that they pay for. While these sources may lead to productive and profitable deals, they also require extensive marketing and business promotion in order for an investor to tap into these pre-foreclosure opportunities.

What other options do investors have? Well, in today’s market, more and more realtors are marketing properties as short sales in the MLS. While these do represent pre-foreclosure opportunities, I also think that this can be risky for the investor because many real estate agents are pretty new to the foreclosure world (and thus may just be learning what is a short sale) and you are taking a chance that the agent in charge of the deal actually knows what they are doing.

A significant but often overlooked option available to investors concerns bank foreclosures. This umbrella term includes REO properties and HUD homes but it all ties in with the REO process, the phase of foreclosure that follows the auction and where a lender must then sell the foreclosures in their inventory. Many investors shy away from REO properties or HUD homes because they feel they have less negotiating power or simply lack the capital to make aggressive offers and play along with the rules that REO lenders stipulate.

In closing, the entirety of the foreclosure process is ripe with deals that are there for the picking. As rigid as REO properties or HUD homes may seem, the REO process is as much as part of foreclosures as the pre-foreclosure side of the business. Contact our foreclosure specialist team at The Elite Agency today!

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