Can You Save Big? How to Buy a Foreclosed Home
Buying a foreclosed home is different from acquisition of typical resale. Often, only one realty agent is involved in the transactions. Before agreeing to an offer, the realty seller will likely require a pre-approval letter from a lender. Most often there is little room for negotiation and the buyer acquires the home as it is. It is up to the buyer to cater for repairs and any modification that may be essential. Key advantage of foreclosed homes is that most of them are usually vacant. This fastens the process of possessing a foreclosure.
Here are steps to follow when buying a foreclosed home.
- Get mortgage pre-approval for a foreclosed home.
- Find a real estate agent who specializes in foreclosures.
- Knowing duration of time required to acquire a home in certain price bracket.
- Study the costs of comparable homes in the area.
- Keep in mind the purchase is for a home as is.
Buying a foreclosed home is certainly not easy. It can take a buyer a lot is time going through many houses and writing quite a number of offers to get a home that suites his or her requirements.
The initial two steps in purchasing foreclosed homes should take place simultaneously. When you're about to buy a foreclosed home you should first find real estate agent who links directly with the banks that possess foreclosed homes.
You should also go for a mortgage pre-approval from a lender. You should then visit foreclosed homes websites and other local realty websites. This will help in filtering the results so that they can see only foreclosed homes. The reason behind combing through foreclosure listing is basically to find an agent. Some banks usually hire a few realty brokers to handle real estate owned (REO) properties in the market.
In many cases foreclosed homes buyers work one on one with the bank’s brokers. This way, the buyer’s does not end up paying commission for two brokers. Many of the bank brokers have a long term relationship with the banks, they are aware of the prevailing listings and those that are yet to be listed.
Any person interested in a foreclosed home should consider calling bank brokers and enquire on the listings he or she is interested in and even ask them about the listings that are coming up. It is important to note that sometimes it may take just a day or a few days before the listing is present in the database.
Learn more about the home buying process in general with some of our guides. One guide covers Fannie Mae-owned properties specifically - a popular choice for buyers considering foreclosed homes. Download "The AmerFirst Buyer's Guide to HomePath Mortgage" at the button below.
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