5 Creative Ways To Buy A Foreclosure

Dated: 11/28/2018

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5 Creative Ways To Buy A ForeclosureBuying a foreclosed home is easy, right? After all, they sell for pennies on the dollar, right? Well, that could be a false assumption. Buying a foreclosed property appears easy on TV, but in reality, it can be overwhelming. Foreclosure sales continue to decline in the market from 38.6 percent in 2011 to 14 percent in 2017 but ticking up a bit in 2018 according to Attom Data Solutions, a national property data company. As foreclosure sales drop, competition for these properties become stiffer and more complex. And as home prices increase in most cities, buyers often turn to foreclosures as affordable alternatives for landing their dream home SEARCH SHORT SALES IN SPOKANE     SEARCH FORECLOSURES IN SEATTLE Foreclosures usually occur when homeowners can no longer pay their mortgages and the mortgagees seize the properties. Once former owners vacate the properties, lenders typically put it on sale at discounted price or auction to the highest bidder. Foreclosures give homebuyers the opportunity to get great deals. While foreclosures can save you thousands of dollars, it may come with risks. Having a stomach of steel can help when pursuing a foreclosure. To mitigate the risks involved, keep the following hacks and tricks in mind. Budget Carefully  Don't allow a small price tag to entice you into a quick deal. Ask yourself the following:

  • Do you have sufficient dollars for extensive repairs?
  • Do you have a team ready for any required repairs or are you handy at doing them yourself?
  • Can you find a tenant if you intend to rent?

If you conduct thorough research, you'll minimize the risks. Get A Home Inspection  Though foreclosures are usually sold "as is", you need to know the property deficiencies. The home seller can allow you to bring in a competent home inspector. Your inspector will give you a list of what the property lacks and the cost estimates needed to complete the renovations. You may even want to hire a home inspector after purchasing a foreclosure just to get a thorough review of the property. Ask For Vacancy Duration   Ask how long the house remained vacant. In most cases, long vacancy means more damages. For example, plumbing seals may dry out, bugs get into the house and sewer gases back up. Don't Ignore The Landscaping  Neglected landscaping contribute to house deterioration. Tree seedlings grow roots into the foundation and vines crawl into the windows. Small trees can also mess up pavers, and dead branches can break and crash into the house. Be Cautious With Auctions  Although auctions are common with foreclosures, it's best to avoid them. And if you can't, be vigilant when bidding. Competitive bidding can raise the value so high that you end up losing money after the cost of repairs. For more information in purchasing a short sale or foreclosures in the Seattle or Spokane market contact Adrian Willanger -Kelly Right Real Estate 206 909-7536. 

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