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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Home Foreclosure: The Good and Bad Of Buying A Pre-Foreclosure?

By Doc Schmyz

When looking for a place to call home, it is always best to buy the property you like than to look for a great foreclosure deal. However, it is even better if you can find a good mix of both.

There are many ways to buy a foreclosed property, all of which have their own good and bad points. Some give you the highest financial gain but with the highest investment risks while others could place you on a safe playing ground but with the lowest financial benefits.

First let's talk about buying a pre-foreclosed property. This method gives you the least amount of money output with the highest available information on the property. Pre-foreclosure happens during the first few months of foreclosure ( 2 to 3 months after the first default). Usually, the bank or the lender will allow the homeowner to sell the property to help him come up with money to pay off the mortgage default. The "sale by owner" is a medium for the homeowners to prevent their properties from being foreclosed. In most cases, this is done by owners who see sale as their last option and by those who have some equity on the property.

This method gives you the least risk. You are free to inspect the house and to make your search for the title deeds. You could also uncover all liens if you like and know the underlying problems. Usually, a real estate broker or the owner of the property will show you the house. If you are interested and you have the money to buy the property, the owner will sign you a deed and will handover the property. You would then own the property, and it is yours to do with as you please.

In exchange though, you will get hold of the mortgage that will come with the house. In short, you will have to make the mortgage payments current along with all the fees and charges that come with the property. This includes all repairs/maintenance to the house.

However some states give the original homeowners a redemption period though. This allows the previous homeowners to get back the property during a certain period of time, usually several months up to a few years, to buy back the property. Thus, all the investments of the current homebuyer will be invalidated.

Buying a pre-foreclosed property is actually safe if you are talking about checking the entire condition of the house but if you don't want the financial responsibilities that go along with it, this method of buying is not really an option for you. - 23212

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