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There is nothing that illustrates the state of the US economy better than abandoned properties due to home foreclosures. With so many foreclosures happening, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy a home, but there are some mistakes that people need to avoid. The first mistake that a person needs to avoid is to fly solo. While an enterprising person can pull off a traditional home buying process, this is a complex process that requires expert advice and guidance. This means that one should not enlist the services of just any real estate agent, but one who is an expert in buying and selling foreclosed property.
Another mistake that someone needs to avoid is being ignorant with the law. The real estate agents are not lawyers, and a person should not rely on them for legal advice. It is also important to review the laws regarding foreclosures in your state because they are heavily regulated and people will find a different set of laws in each state. This means that a person who is interested in buying a foreclosed home should get professional legal advice from a real estate agent in their locality.
Common mistakes that people make
People make the mistake of thinking short term when it comes to home foreclosures. However, people should realize that the foreclosed home may decline in value during the short term. For this reason if a person wants to make a quick buck from such property he or she is likely to suffer. Such a property needs someone who is has the patience and the resources to invest in the property for a long time. In addition is a person can afford an amortized fixed rate mortgage can consider buying a foreclosed property.
The most common mistake that people make when considering a property is to see only the price of the property. The reason is that most of these homes may need substantial repairs done to them. This means that a person who is considering such a property should set aside about ten percent of the asking price for repairs. A person should keep in mind the additional repair cost when negotiating the final price of the property.
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(abandoned homes: Flickr user Lotzman Katzman)
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