Investing in real estate foreclosures can be just as difficult and sometimes more challenging than investing in other types of real estate. Often people make assumptions about foreclosures that can make the entire process much more difficult. There are many myths that people have been lead to believe that have caused many problems as you proceed down the path to homeownership. Understanding these myths and the problems they can create can simplify the entire process.
Since the majority of those looking for real estate are expecting to finance their investment it is important that you each reach a full understanding of the process before they begin. Most buyers believe that they should first find the property of their choice and then find an institution to finance it. However, according to some experts finding the best deals on loans will require you to secure the loan prior to searching for a home. Once you’ve found the property of choice you may not have the luxury of shopping around for the financing afterwards. The risk of losing the property while you search can become very real and you may end up losing out in the end.
It is not always a guarantee that the price of a foreclosure is the best price on the market. Just as with any other type of real estate investment it is important that you take the time to compare the prices to other similar properties in the same location. There are times when the prices can be listed considerably lower than those of similar value, there are also times when the price can be considerably higher as well. You will have to view and bid on the property in the same way that you would any other real estate on the market.
Most foreclosed homes are sold “as is.” In a normal purchase you could reasonably expect to negotiate the price based on the repairs needed or the cost of pulling the property into a livable condition. However, with foreclosed properties this option is usually off the table. As a matter of fact, most foreclosed properties are already listed as low as the bank may be willing to go. While you may have a bit of leeway in negotiating the final price it would be in your best interest to understand that the pricing won’t change that much because of poor housing conditions.
Finally, you’ll want to consider the timing that may be involved with buying a foreclosed home. Because many of these homes are already priced well below current market value you can fully expect that they may not be on the market for a long period of time. Many of them could sell within days or even hours of the time they are listed. Being prepared to move when the opportunity arises will help you to get the right property when you find it.
Understanding that while foreclosures can prove to be an excellent opportunity for those looking to invest in it is also extremely important that you realize the unique challenges that may come with this type of property. It may seem difficult and at times be overwhelming there are many rewards when you choose to invest in a foreclosed piece of property. Keeping a realistic view of the challenges you face before you begin can help to take some of the edge off of the stress that may be involved.