One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. While home foreclosure can be a tragedy it can also be a blessing for others. Gas prices are not the only prices 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.
If you buy a foreclosed home be prepared to have to do some repairs. This can be for any number of reasons…but plan on having to repair something. Often some of these houses have also been abandoned by their previous homeowners and mortgage lenders have no choice but to get rid of them as soon as they can.
Do your homework
Before you buy ANYTHING 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 are short on cash, you can get a loan. ( in some cases you can get an assumable loan) Talk first to loan officer or mortgage broker 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. After you have gathered enough information visit the houses to stake out possible properties that you can buy.
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 you have finished all the research, make 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. Once the house is yours and, any repairs you need to make are done, you have the option to live in it or rent it out.