Short sale & REO properties can make great investments
Short Sale and REO properties make great investments here in Gatlinburg but they are each unique and require some attention to get the deals completed. Todays real estate market is full of bargains and whether the property is a fire sale on the owners behalf, a short sale or an REO there are plenty of properties out there which make sense for the buyer. The complication is often getting the deal done. Whether it is getting a contract accepted, attaining financing or following through until closing a lot of todays deals require the assistance of a real estate professional more than ever.
What are the main differences between REO properties and Short Sale properties?
REO properties are owned by the lending institution, typically a bank. REO properties have been repossessed and the home owner is out of the picture. REO properties are being sold by a broker division of the bank or by a Realtor hired by the bank. The bank is in the drivers seat and rarely wants to make any improvements or deal with inspection items, preferring to sell a property “as-is”.
A Short Sale is a pre-foreclosure sale when the home owner (borrower) is still in the picture but owes more than the house is worth In this case the lender is involved because the lender has to agree to the sale rice and the loss that they are going to take. There may be some room for inspections and contingencies in the short sale scenario but the bank still has the last word and to get a deal done a buyer must be willing to forgo certain issues.
In either case, REO or Short Sale, a real estate professional who has experience or knowledge in distressed property can be incredibly useful. These real estate deals are complicated and take knowledge to complete. Contact an experienced real estate broker today to see what is going on in your local real estate market.
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