What you Need to Know about Foreclosed Home Listings?
Foreclosed homes are frequently a hot topic in the news today as more
and more foreclosed properties make their way into local real estate
listings. If you have considered purchasing a foreclosed property, there
are a few things that you should know. First, it is important to
understand what a foreclosed property is.
A foreclosed property is one which has been taken back by a mortgage
lender or a bank because the prior homeowner defaulted on the loan.
Banks will typically sell such properties at a lower than market value
because they need to recover the cost of the loan. While the process can
vary, what usually happens is the bank will sell the property at a
public auction, where people can bid on the home. The main attraction to
buying such a property is the possibility of being able to purchase a
home for much less than it is worth.
Before you rush out to begin bidding, the importance of gathering
critical information should be understood. Some foreclosed homes are
actually listed with real estate agents, in which case they are often
known as REO or real estate owned properties. In other cases, the
properties may be listed to be sold at auction. In either case, you need
to try to obtain as much information as possible about the property from
whatever notice or foreclosed home listing is available, including the
legal information for the property, the size, location and outstanding
Once you have some of these details, it is important to do a bit more
research by comparing the properties that interest you to others on the
market. In particular, you can learn how good a deal you may be able to
make on a property by comparing it to others that are for sale at actual
market values. Keep in mind that when you purchase a foreclosed property
that it will typically be important for you to pay the least amount of
money possible for the property so that you save enough to make any
necessary repairs and still be able to resell the property later if you
should decide to do so. Even if you are not considering purchasing the
property for resale purposes and intend to live in the home, you should
remember that foreclosed properties sometimes have maintenance and
repair issues which will need to be addressed. If you overpay for the
property it could mean that you either will not save any money on the
purchase or will spend more than you intended.
Generally speaking, you usually will not have an opportunity to perform
an inspection of the property prior to purchasing it. The only time this
is possible is if you are able to purchase the property when it is
listed with a real estate company by the bank that holds it. While
purchasing the property as a REO does provide the advantage of being
able to perform an inspection, you should also be aware that you may not
be able to save as much money at this point because the bank will need
to recoup even more funds lost in dealing with the property if it has
reached this point, including the cost of the real estate commission.
This is why many savvy buyers make an attempt to purchase foreclosure
listings at a public auction rather than wait until the bank lists them
on the open market.
When you purchase a foreclosed property at an auction, you need to be
aware that you will be expected to pay 10% of the final purchase price
the day of the auction. You will usually need either a cashier's check
or cash that day to pay the deposit and hold the property if you are the
highest bidder. If the property has attracted a good amount of
attention, there may be multiple bidders, which means that the final
selling price could exceed the amount that is owed on the loan. If you
do win the auction, you will be expected to make arrangements for
financing and complete the transaction within thirty days of the
auction. If you are not able to do this, you will typically lose your
deposit and the home will be either placed up for auction again or
listed for sale on the open market.
Purchasing foreclosed properties offers the opportunity for numerous
advantages, including the ability to save money on the cost of a home
that would typically cost much more and the possibility of saving time.