If you can find a silver lining in the economic meltdown, it might be the overwhelming potential to find a great investment with so many foreclosed homes
on the market. Because of the record number of bank foreclosures, lenders are willing to make a deal to get these homes off their books. As a result, it's a great time for first-time home buyers and real estate investors to buy astoundingly cheap homes.
Real estate investors are capitalizing on the housing crisis by buying foreclosed homes for sale and reselling them at a profit. Just a little local market knowledge is required to find and flip foreclosed properties
. And life-long renters are finding out they could be paying the same or less for what they're renting now. First-time home buyers can take advantage of affordable FHA financing. Often times, homes that have gone through the foreclosure process may be in disrepair. Fortunately, FHA financing includes the cost of the loan and the cost of repairs.
Why are all these foreclosures for sale such a good deal, anyway? Once a home has gone through the foreclosure process, it's returned to the original lender. Banks and other lenders are not in the business of maintaining homes and are eager to strike incredible deals just to get rid of these properties.
Real Estate Owned (REO) homes are usually priced lower than the original loan amount and exclude the usual expenses, such as attorney fees and interest. Lenders are eating the costs of back taxes, liens and HOA fees owned on these homes.
So how do you start searching for these homes? You're in the right place! With REO auction websites like Hubzu.com, you can find detailed information, photos and documentation on bank owned homes
to help you make an informed decision. You can see what other people are bidding for a property and what the highest bid is. That way, you know what the competition is and can feel confident that you're getting a fair market price. You just may find the deal of a lifetime.