Image via WikipediaWe all look for deals or bargains before we invest either in stocks or real estate and Sometimes (or mostly) price (property buying price) may become a decision factor in real estate investing.If the price is the factor then buying foreclosure homes is an excellent choice. In order to turn your real estate investing into profit then you may consider foreclosure properties which are often sold far below their real property value as these foreclosure homes has fallen into disrepair.
Foreclosures — The act of foreclosing, especially a legal proceeding by which a mortgage is foreclosed. These are the properties that lenders take back if the owners were unable to make the payments that they committed when signing up a mortgage. Probably the owners are in financial troubles and the houses may have been vacant for long times especially when real estate is a buyer’s market. We can normally expect the foreclosure houses to be in some kind of financial or other disrepairs. The advantage for foreclosure home buyers is that lenders want to recoup their investment by taking out the house from the market as early as possible and lenders are willing to take a price cut for this reason.
Let’s dig into more to learn – why any property goes into foreclosure property? Oh well there are so many reasons but the one that stand out for all of these reasons is money. Heard about subprime interest rates that lenders gave ridiculous loan amounts during the real estate boom? Home owners are now struggling to pay high interest rates for the loans and altogether giving up the hands or the home would not be in the state of foreclosure. Secondary issues for old constructed houses with constant unseen maintenance costs like leaking roofs, spoiled carpeting, or some plumbing maintenance are another reason that makes home owners default on loan payments.
Also sometimes the owners may vandalize the property as they have nothing to lose as they know that any way their home will be foreclosed. As a foreclosed home buyer these repairs may not be that expensive but somewhat bothersome. This comes as golden bargain point when negotiating home with the seller (or lender) during the home closing.
The investors can buy larger homes in good school districts than they would ordinarily be able to afford. Also an excellent addition to the real estate investment portfolio.
The question at hand – How do you buy foreclosure properties? Seen all those annoying ads that you need to buy a list to find about all foreclosed homes in your area. The road less taken these days as realtors can help you match the right foreclosed home for your needs. Also remember when you are the buyer you pay nothing to realtor as realtor gets commission from the seller. GO with the expert realtors as they will be able to negotiate good bargain prices for your investment.
Foreclosurenet — An excelent listing state by state foreclosures.
Foreclosurelistingsnationwide — Another listing with foreclosure prices.