3 Tips for Buying a Foreclosure

Buying a foreclosed house can be a great way to save money.

However, achieving those savings takes a lot of preparation, and willingness to do some extra work.

Here are 5 tips for buying a foreclosure:

  1. Be financially prepared

    • This means being debt-free, with savings to cover six months of expenses and maximized contributions to retirement plans.
  2. Get pre-approved for financing

    • This is critical unless you're going to pay cash.
    • The reason for this is that the best foreclosure properties move very quickly; you won't have time to arrange financing after making an offer
  3. Find the foreclosure listings

    • You'll see ads and websites that list them, along with auction dates.
    • If there's a property you like, call immediately for details and arrange a viewing. - Avoid the foreclosures that aren't available for viewings, you'll have no idea what you're getting into.
  4. Scrutinize before buying.

    • Remember, foreclosures are sold as is and some of them can be in really bad shape, so it's important to take a carpenter or home inspector with you for viewing.
    • You need to know how much upgrading is required before deciding what price you're willing to pay.
  5. Assess comparables

    • You also need to study comparable values of homes in the area. In general, a foreclosure is usually judged to be a good deal if you can get it for 80% of the market value.

If you're interested in exploring the potential of foreclosures, we'd be happy to help. Please call us for more information.

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