Investing in REO/foreclosure properties may seem like the thing to do these days but just because a property is being sold at a bargain price doesn’t necessarily mean it is a bargain. The number of foreclosed properties has increased dramatically over the past year and the number of bank owned properties is not yet diminished. It is important to remember that the banks or lenders that have the property on their books want to unload it. What does this mean to you? Cash offer wins.
If you need to get a loan to purchase the property then you could be waiting a few weeks to acquire financing. It’s important to become pre-qualified prior to viewing homes for sale so that you may act quickly if the right one appears. If someone else has their eye on the property and walks in with cash you will be out of luck. No money, no property. The bank doesn’t care if you get the property or not, they just want the property off their hands.
If you are looking to buy an REO property for an investment be aware of two factors: condition and location. Just because a property is inexpensive does not mean that it will make a good investment. Have your Century 21 Four Seasons agent provide a complete CMA prior to submitting an offer to purchase. Is it in a good location? Remember that location matters, whether you will be living in it or not.
What is the condition of the house. When it comes to REO property many times you will not be allowed in for an inspection and buying sight unseen can be a real gamble. Do some research and find out what you can about the property before committing to buying it. Your Century 21 Four Seasons agent can help you select the right contractors and inspectors.
Certainly buying REO property can be a good investment but it can also be a risky one. Do your homework and have the right real estate partner/agent to make your purchase a success.
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