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Buying Foreclosed Real Estate PDF Print Email
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Written by: Doc Schmyz   
Sunday, 24 May 2009 13:41
They say that one man's trash is another man's treasure. Although home foreclosure can be considered a tragedy it can also be a blessing for others. Gas prices are not the only ones that continue to rise. Residential properties are also expensive. Their prices also vary from one place to another. Due to this other people take advantage of foreclosure auctions.


They say that one man's trash is another man's treasure. Although home foreclosure can be considered a tragedy it can also be a blessing for others. Gas prices are not the only ones that continue to rise. Residential properties are also expensive. Their prices also vary from one place to another. Due to this other people take advantage of foreclosure auctions.

Repo homes are a great opportunity for those who simply cannot afford a new house. Often these houses are sold far below the market value.

Unfortunately most repossessed houses are those which require a lot of repairs. Previous homeowners do hot have the means to maintain the house or just didn't take care of them. Some of these houses have also been abandoned by their previous homeowners and mortgage lenders have no choice but to get rid of them immediately.

Study up on the process

Before you buy a repossessed home you need to make sure that you're going to get a good deal. You may have to do a little bit of research first to be able to see how much you will have to spend in buying and repairing the property.

If you don't have any cash on hand for the moment, you can get a loan. Have a consultation first with an agent to see if you are qualified. If you are qualified gather the information you need.

You will be able to find several lists of foreclosure homes or homes for auction on the internet. In some cases a list will also be published in local newspapers. Use the contact information listed in the ad to find out about seeing the property.(In some states this is NOT an option)

Work out your budget. What are you willing to pay for the foreclosed house along with the repairs? If you're planning to "flip" the house,ask your agent to calculate the property's "after repair value". If you're planning to rent it after buying the property, calculate the monthly rate and compare to prices in the local paper for the same type of property.

Once all the research has been done place a bid on the property. After you have purchased the house have it inspected and appraised. Then look for a title company to research the history of the house. When you're satisfied, you can start the repairs or live in it.

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