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Why Should I Buy A Foreclosed Home |WORK|



First-time homebuyers with an above-average tolerance for risk (and the wherewithal to do some fixing up) may be able to nab a major bargain by buying a foreclosed home. Foreclosures typically sell below market value, but there are complications to consider.




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Foreclosure occurs when a mortgage borrower fails to keep up with their loan payments, and the lender exercises its right to seize the home and resell it to recoup (or at least reduce) their financial losses. Mortgage issuers typically put foreclosed properties up for auction, which often means selling the home for less than market value. When homes fail to sell at auction, however, lenders may slash the sales price and sell them directly.


Because foreclosures are often terrific bargains, they are popular with real estate investors looking to use them as rental properties or flip them for a quick profit. Competing with these investors, many of whom have access to significant credit and can put down extra-large down payments or even purchase properties outright for cash, can be challenging for first-time homebuyers.


The main benefit of purchasing a foreclosed home is savings. Depending on market conditions, you can purchase a foreclosed home for considerably less than you'd pay for comparable, non-foreclosed homes.


The main risks come from the degree to which a foreclosed property can be a mystery to the buyer. Foreclosed homes are sold in "as-is" condition, and are typically unavailable for a walk-through before purchase.


Foreclosures may have sat unoccupied, without heat or air conditioning, for weeks or months prior to sale, and past owners may have neglected or even vandalized them. If you succeed in purchasing a foreclosed home, you'll likely need some cash (or available credit) to get the property to move-in condition.


Do-it-yourselfers may see this as a golden opportunity for savings, but less-capable (or less ambitious) homebuyers might consider putting that repair budget toward a down payment on a more conventional purchase.Where to Find Foreclosed HousesThe following resources can help you find foreclosed properties for purchase. Real estate professionals in your area may know of additional resources.


This should be standard procedure with any home purchase, but it's particularly important with a foreclosure because. Unlike a traditional home sale, the seller of a foreclosed home is not required to disclose material defects in the property when offering it for sale. Knowing about potentially hidden issues with the property so you can plan to address them before taking occupancy.


A title search is a professional investigation that identifies liens, unpaid taxes and legal judgments that may be connected to a property; expect to pay a few hundred dollars for the service. Conducting a title search on a foreclosed property you want to bid on an auction can save you big if it alerts you to a lien.


Lenders are eager to sell foreclosed properties quickly, with minimal complications, so they are likely to balk at the kind of sales contingencies often found in conventional sales contracts. Contingencies stipulating that certain appliances be included with the home, or that specific repairs or improvements be made before the closing date likely won't fly in a foreclosure sale, for instance.


Familiarize yourself with the process you wish to pursue (short sale, auction or REO) before you put any money on the line. If you plan on purchasing a home at auction, attend one or two auctions to get comfortable and learn local procedures before committing to anything. If possible, get to know one or more "regulars" familiar with the system and buy them coffee or lunch in exchange for some tips and suggestions. And once again, consider working with a seasoned real estate professional who can offer knowledgeable advice. Paying a commission may seem counter to the bargain-hunting goal of foreclosure shopping, but their guidance could prevent expensive mistakes or oversights that would far outweigh their costs.


Purchasing a foreclosure isn't for everyone, but if you go into the process with eyes wide open, prepare to compete with real estate investors, and accept the risk (and potential need for cash and labor that goes with), you could save a bundle on your first home purchase.


There are three stages of foreclosure: pre-foreclosure, auction, and post-foreclosure. Buyers can purchase the home during any of those stages; however, who you buy the home from changes throughout this process.


If you buy a home that is in the pre-foreclosure period, you will buy the home from the homeowner and they will be able to avoid foreclosure. If you buy the home during the next two stages, then you will purchase it from the bank or mortgage lender.


Where foreclosure causes problems for buyers is the amount of time it takes to buy a foreclosed home. When you purchase a home directly from a homeowner, you can wrap up the process in just six to eight weeks. With foreclosed properties, that timeline is much longer and it can take six months for a year to close on the home, because in some states owners have a few months to buy back the home after foreclosure.


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Buying a foreclosed home may be cheaper than buying one at market price, but it can be a challenge, and you may have to research options for financing if you can't pay all cash. A foreclosed home is a property that its owner couldn't afford to keep, so the house and property around it may be in ill-repair. However, a foreclosure can help some individuals buy a large fixer-upper that will regain its market value after some interior and/or exterior work.


Before buying a foreclosed home, make sure you have the money in your budget to make those potential needed repairs. A 2020 survey of real estate investors by Auction.com found that budgeting at least 10% to 20% of the purchase price for rehab is the norm in a foreclosure sale. 041b061a72


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