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Keep taps on trending short-sale, foreclosure, and fixer upper property auctions by saving them to your favorites list. When you're ready to tour a home, effortlessly schedule a showing with one of our referral agents - or conveniently use your own.
Place a bid without the hassle
Submit an offer online without changing out of your pajamas or have an agent submit a bid for you. Hubzu can help you monitor the listing by sending property auction updates to your inbox.
Sign on the dotted line
Once your bid is selected the seller's representative will send you the purchase and sale agreement and related documents completed with the terms of the purchase. You will also receive detailed instructions about sending your earnest money deposit.
Close the deal
See what the closing process entails right on the property details page. Provided the seller allows it, you can coordinate with your agent and the listing agent to obtain an inspection. After the closing, you will get that sweet new home key to add to your chain.
Yes, we do offer non-bank owned homes to be auctioned on Hubzu. The best way to search for these properties is to choose the 'Non-Bank Owned' filter in your search parameters. This will ensure that you only see applicable properties.
Generally the information for each property comes directly from the seller. In some instances public records are used in the property details, such as square footage and acreage. Property information provided is for reference only. It is the buyer's responsibility to verify all property information.
The Technology Fee helps cover the cost of using Hubzu's technology platform and is added to the purchase price of properties bought on Hubzu. In some cases, we are not permitted to charge a Technology Fee. If a Technology Fee is applicable to a property, it will be noted on the property details page in the Property Fees tab.
Log in to your account on Hubzu.com and navigate to the 'My Profile' section. At the bottom of the section you'll find a link 'Delete your account'. On clicking this, you'll be prompted for a confirmation to delete your account. Once confirmed, the account will be permanently deleted from Hubzu and cannot be accessed in future.
Foreclosure auctions are live, in-person auctions to purchase properties when an owner has defaulted on a mortgage loan or is severely delinquent on property tax payments. Foreclosure auctions typically occur at the courthouse in the county where the property is located.
All properties offered at a foreclosure auction typically sell. The bank or creditor will typically submit a bid at the foreclosure auction that is up to the amount of its indebtedness. If a potential third party buyer does not bid higher than the bank or creditor, then the property is sold to the bank or creditor and it becomes a Real Estate Owned (REO) property. If a third party buyer outbids the bank or creditor at the foreclosure sale, then that buyer is typically awarded the property and must close within a short time after the auction (the rules vary by state). If the bank or creditor is awarded the property, in some instances, it may be remarketed on Hubzu®, an online marketing platform, after the foreclosure sale.
No, currently foreclosure auctions are conducted onsite and in a live setting. If the live foreclosure auction results in the bank winning the property, the property may be remarketed on Hubzu®, an online marketing platform.
Bidders should go to the auction prepared with cash or a cashier's check in case their bid is accepted. The county may require any bidder to verify their identity and provide proof of funds before the auction begins. Personal check, credit cards, money orders and letters of credit are typically not acceptable forms of payment. Please refer to the terms and conditions document which you can download from the property details page.
The Estimated Opening Bid is the projected opening bid amount at the foreclosure auction. The estimate is subject to change when the auction starts. The bid amount is typically determined by the balance of the outstanding loan, past-due property taxes, and other factors. The Estimated Opening Bid is usually not based on the market value of the property, but rather the amount of debt accrued on the property.
No. Foreclosure properties may be occupied. Prospective bidders cannot trespass on the property, disturb the occupants or contact the borrower to obtain information about the property. Available details on the property will be listed on the property details page and may possibly be obtained from public records.
Some liens that exist prior to the foreclosure may remain in place after the foreclosure. Properties are sold "as is" or "where is" with faults and limitations. Prospective bidders are encouraged to conduct independent due diligence such as performing a title search or seeking outside legal advice prior to the sale.
The sale may be cancelled or postponed for a variety of reasons before the start of bidding. There is no guarantee that the sale will occur. Visit the property details page for the most up-to-date information on the auction. If a property sale is cancelled, it is possible it could be added to another auction at a later time.
Find out what properties are scheduled to come to our site, keep track of the perfect home and prepare to make a bid or offer in advance. Click the link to read more about this program: Hubzu's Preview Properties..
If the bid is for a property that's part of our Altisource® Assisted Short Sale program, the highest bidder must provide to the listing agent the following documents to complete a bid: 1. A Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA) signed by the buyer 2. A PSA Addendum signed by the buyer* 3. A Preliminary HUD-1 Statement** *The PSA Addendum will be sent to both the listing agent and buyer's agent to be signed. After the seller has signed the PSA and PSA Addendum, the listing agent will send these four documents to Altisource. Altisource then submits these documents to the lender for approval.
Foreclosure auction properties are properties that are sold at a live public auction after the lender has gone through the necessary legal steps to engage in the sale of the property. Bank-owned properties are typically owned by a bank or other financial institution. The bank may have assumed ownership of the property after foreclosure. In a short sale, the current owner is attempting to sell the property for less than the amount they owe to the bank. The financial institution does not own the property, and the property has not been auctioned at foreclosure. Completing a short sale transaction requires the financial institution's approval.
The program is designed to increase the likelihood of a successful sale and shorten the overall sales time by increasing marketing exposure and a range of other services. This program also provides the necessary due diligence and ability to better assess the competitiveness of the offer.
The Purchase and Sale Agreement Addendum is an additional document required for short sales. This document will be populated with the appropriate pricing information and terms for the short sale. The Purchase and Sale Agreement Addendum must be executed by both the buyer and seller and submitted to the document processor with the executed Purchase and Sale Agreement.
Agents who are part of an arm's length transaction with the seller will receive their commission upon the successful sale of the property. Homeowners representing themselves in the transaction are ineligible for any commission. Agents representing both the buyer and seller in the sales transaction may only be eligible for 3% in total commissions. All commissions are subject to lender's final approval.
In order to make an offer on properties marketed on Hubzu, you must register at Hubzu.com. Once you're registered, go to the property details page to enter your offer amount and click Place Offer. All offers must be submitted through the Hubzu website. Sellers will not consider faxed or emailed bids.
Yes, active and backup offers may be retracted. To withdraw your offer, sign in to your My Hubzu account. On your My Hubzu page, select Manage next to Active Offers, then click Withdraw in the actions column next to the offer. Note: Once the seller has approved your offer, you have agreed to purchase the property and can no longer retract your offer.
Offers are typically rejected for two reasons: 1. Another buyer submitted an offer with a higher price or more attractive terms, such as fewer concessions or a shorter closing timeframe. 2. The offer did not meet the seller's approved terms. Short sales: The seller's lender may decline the offer but will only disclose to the seller or seller's agent the reason for declining a short sale offer.
No, sellers can accept or reject any offer. They have the right to approve or reject offers based on all of the components of the offers, including financing type and requested closing date. Short sales: Both the seller and the seller's lender must approve the offer.
Yes, toward the end of the offer process, check the box next to "If the seller accepts another offer for this property, please hold my offer terms as a backup for __ days." and insert the number of days you want your backup bid to remain open for the seller to consider. Note that the number of days is counted from the time the seller accepts an offer from a different prospective buyer. As with any backup bid or offer, the seller has the right to reject all backup offers and relist the property.
If the contract with a different bidder falls through, the seller may review all backup bids and choose one to proceed to contract or reject all such bids. The seller has complete discretion in deciding how to proceed. The seller is not required to review or select any of the backup bids.
Most of the auctions on Hubzu are sold "As-Is," thus there are no contingencies available. However, as each seller is unique, please make note of what contingencies the seller is offering on the third page of the bid wizard. This page will include any contingencies or concessions the seller is willing to offer.
We'll email you with the details of the request and a link to respond via Hubzu. You can accept the requested terms, decline the requested terms or offer different terms. We also recommend that you review your My Hubzu account to ensure that you receive the notification.
If there are two or more similar offers on a property, the seller may initiate Highest and Best, which is a request for all interested buyers to submit their absolute best offer by a given deadline. If you made an offer on the property, you'll receive an email asking you to submit your Highest and Best offer. After the deadline, the seller will review all offers received and decide how to proceed. Note: If you don't submit a Highest and Best offer, the seller considers your most recent offer as your final offer. All offers must be submitted on Hubzu within the timeframe established by the seller. You can only submit one offer, and all Hubzu buyers have the opportunity to submit one. Even though Highest and Best is requested, the seller is not obligated to accept any offer.
If you've already made an offer on the property, you'll receive an email with a link so you can submit your final offer via Hubzu. All other buyers can use the Place Offer button on the property's details page. This information can also be found in your My Hubzu account.
Highest and Best offers are not displayed on our site until the seller approves one of the offers. At that time, the approved offer will appear as the Current Highest Offer on the property details page.
We collect your phone number for multiple purposes in order to support you through your buying process. We may contact you from time to time via phone or SMS to provide further information about our products and services, or to update you about your bidding activities.
Yes of course, we will be sad to see you go. The easiest and fastest way is to reply to our SMS message with only the word STOP. Or, you can log into your Hubzu account and under Account Settings, uncheck the field that allows you to receive SMS messages. You can also unsubscribe by contacting Hubzu Customer Care via phone at (855) 882-1314 or via email at email@example.com and request to opt-out of SMS messages. Even if you opt-out by calling or emailing Hubzu Customer Care, we highly recommend you also reply to our latest SMS message with only the word STOP to expedite your request.
Yes, real estate agents can register with Hubzu and submit bids on behalf of their clients. Agents must be actively licensed in the state where the property is located. Qualified agents are paid commission on the selected bid amount in cooperation with the listing broker. Commission information is available in the applicable Multiple Listing Service (MLS) listing or by calling the listing agent.
No, you can place a bid or submit an offer on Hubzu with or without an agent. If you'd like to work with an agent, include their information when you bid to ensure they receive their commission. Visit our blog to learn more about the process of working with an agent or buying on your own.
Redemption is a former owner's legal right to reclaim their property via payment - typically it's the entire loan amount plus fees - within a specified amount of time after foreclosure. Each state's and county's redemption laws and timelines may vary, so be sure to consult a real estate attorney for more information. Buyers should be aware that even after a closing is conducted for the sale of a property that is subject to redemption rights, title will generally not transfer free and clear until the redemption period for the property expires. The buyer will likely not be entitled to take possession of the property until the redemption period expires or terminates under the applicable state and local laws, rules and regulations. Finally, it is possible that the former owner of the property will choose to exercise their redemption rights and attempt to repurchase the property from the subsequent buyer. Bidders are advised to consult a real estate attorney to understand the risks before placing a bid.
Some properties listed on Hubzu will have a "Bid review required. Sold subject to seller approval". label in the property description section. This means that the seller will review the results of the auction once it has concluded, allowing them to accept the highest bid even if the reserve they were hoping for is not met. After this evaluation period, the seller will confirm if they will proceed with the sale of the property with one of the bidders in the auction or relist the property for another auction cycle. Proceeding with a bidder is at the sole discretion of the seller. So, make sure to place your highest and best bid.
Yes! After selecting the location for your property search, simply check the box next to "Self-Showing Enabled" under the More Filters tab. This will display any properties in the search area that are equipped with self-showing lockboxes. You can tour these properties anytime without an agent, just call for the access code upon arrival. Please make sure you take note of the occupancy status of a property before attempting to visit that property. Occupied properties will not have self-showing lockboxes and no attempt should be made to visit or tour these properties. For more information about self-showing lockboxes, visit our blog.
If the property supports self-showings, you can gain access via a lockbox. Once you've registered your Hubzu account, you can call for an access code when you're ready to tour the home. Note that some properties don't allow interior access and others require a real estate agent. To find out if the home is equipped for self-showing, visit the property details page (look for the orange key icon or the orange Self Showing tag). Check out our blog to find detailed steps on how to bid and buy property when you don't have an agent.
While typical real estate lockboxes can only be opened by a licensed agent, select properties on Hubzu are equipped for self-showing and allow access to registered Hubzu users. You don't need to schedule an appointment to tour these properties because once you've registered your Hubzu account, you can call for an access code anytime. Learn more about self-showing properties on our blog.
If you're financing your purchase, get pre-approved (not just pre-qualified) for a loan. Pre-approval will help you know how much you can afford and possibly speed up offer acceptance in a booming market. Also, have money set aside in advance for the earnest money deposit. And don't forget to factor possible home repairs into your budget. Set a budget for how much you're willing to spend on home repairs so you'll know what's feasible when looking at homes.
In most cases, yes; however, the seller chooses whether or not to accept financing. If financing is not accepted, the buyer must pay cash for the property. Look for Financing Considered or Cash Only under the Place Bid or Make Offer button on each property details page. Place your cursor on Financing Considered to see which types of financing the seller will consider. Note: Not all properties will qualify for loans; check with your lender to be sure.
When you bid on a property, you're participating in an auction. Auctions have set time limits. When you make an offer on a property, you're participating in a traditional sale. Traditional sales have no set time limit.
When you purchase a property, a fee called the transfer tax is charged to the Buyer for transferring the title of the property to the buyer from the seller. Depending on where the property is purchased different taxes can be part of the transfer tax such as documentary stamp taxes, excise taxes, other documentary transfer taxes or deed taxes. If there is a transfer tax associated with the purchase of a property, the details will be included in the purchase and sale agreement you will receive prior to closing.
We require the last four digits of your Social Security number as an additional verification step to protect our customers against potential fraud. We only use this information to verify your identity and do not store the data for future use. All of the information you provide travels over an encrypted connection.
As an online real estate marketplace, it's imperative that Hubzu knows its buyers and sellers are valid parties who can be contacted during the bidding, offer or closing process. Verifying information protects all parties.
You can receive email alerts when new properties become available that meet the criteria of a saved search. Simply edit the notifications setting in the 'Saved Search' table of the Buyer Dashboard to indicate the frequency with which you wish to receive the notifications.
Click the 'Favorite' button on the search results page or the property details page and the property is saved to your Favorite Properties list in My Hubzu account. To manage these alerts, go to the 'Favorites' tab in your My Hubzu account. Please note that while we endeavor to provide you with email updates as soon as there is a status change with a property, email is inherently unreliable. If there is a property you're very interested in, you should check the Hubzu site frequently to see any changes in status, particularly when an auction cycle is close to ending. The most up-to-date information regarding a property will be on the property details page on Hubzu.
The property details page will indicate whether the property is available for showings. Note: Certain bank-owned and foreclosure properties are occupied. Attempting to inspect or visit these properties may be considered trespassing. Please refer to the property details page to determine if you can visit. To schedule a visit: If you're already working with an agent, ask them for a showing. They can obtain the property access code from Hubzu® by selecting Get Access Code on the property details page or via the MLS listing. If you're not working with an agent, select Schedule a Visit on the property details page and fill in your information. The referral agent will contact you to schedule a showing.
Yes, it's always a good idea to visit the property before you bid or make an offer. Auctions usually have no inspection contingency period, so buyers should inspect all auction properties prior to bidding. While traditional sales usually have a seven-day inspection contingency period, inspecting the property upfront will help you make an informed offer.
Since each home may be different, please review the inspection terms listed in the Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA) and, if applicable, the PSA Addendum for specifics on how to schedule an inspection.
For the safety and security of prospective buyers and the seller and their property, a licensed real estate agent is needed to accompany a prospective bidder who wishes to visit a property marketed on Hubzu. If you wish to arrange a visit, please click on the 'Schedule a Visit' icon on the property details page. Through this window, you may request an in-person showing with a licensed real estate agent. You may also contact the listing agent directly. The listing agent's contact information is also shown on the property details page in the frame entitled 'Listed by'.
No, water activation is not allowed during the inspection. However, by having a licensed plumber conduct a pressurized air test on the plumbing system, you can determine whether the system is intact without compromising winterizations.
A reserve price is the minimum price the seller is willing to accept for the property in an auction. The reserve price is set by the sellers and is not shown to buyers; however, the property details page shows if the reserve price has been met.
No. Hubzu does not allow or endorse shill bidding, which is defined as the act of bidding in your own auction against other bidders to raise your final sale price. We also will not perform shill bidding for any of our sellers as we believe it's unfair to buyers and goes against our policy of auction transparency.
A selected bid could be: The highest bid at the end of the bidding period that meets or exceeds the reserve price, A bid made for the End the Auction Now price or Any bid selected by the seller, which is sometimes not the highest bid but may feature financing or cash that the seller finds more attractive than the highest bid. Note: Sellers approve or reject bids based on all of the components of the bid. The seller may select the highest bid or a lower bid price with better terms. Short sales: The bid must be approved by both the seller and the seller's lender.
Before you bid or offer, be sure you're prepared to proceed with the purchase. Once placed, the highest bid can only be withdrawn by a member of Customer Care while the auction is still in process, and offers may only be withdrawn before the seller approves them. You must be financially ready to close on the property. This includes having cash funds available or your financing secured. Watch for notifications and email alerts relating to your bid or offer. Check your email regularly during the bid and closing process, including your spam or junk folder. You are responsible for responding timely and taking next steps in the transaction if you become the selected bidder. We strongly recommend viewing your My Hubzu dashboard when an auction you are participating in is nearing its time limit. Please note: If you fall out repeatedly as a buyer, your Hubzu privileges may be suspended indefinitely or your membership terminated with refusal to provide services.
If the auction has ended and the property goes under contract, buyers can place a backup bid. Backup bids may be considered if the property falls out of contract and becomes available again. There are two ways in which a backup bid can be placed. It can be placed during the normal auction cycle at time the bid is placed. A back up bid can also be placed after the auction has ended and a property has gone under contract. Backup bids may be considered if the property falls out of contract and becomes available again. If you're interested in placing a backup bid, select the Place Backup Bid button and follow the prompts. Please keep in mind that your bid deposit hold will be reauthorized on your credit card and will remain in place until your backup up bid expires or the Seller accepts your backup bid. If your backup bid is selected, the bid deposit will be released once we receive your signed purchase and sale agreement (or PSA) and we receive confirmation from the third-party escrow agent that your earnest money deposit (or EMD) was received within the required time frame. Please allow 4-7 business days for this to be reflected on your credit card.
If the contract with a different bidder falls through, the seller may review all backup bids and choose one to proceed to contract or reject all such bids. The seller has complete discretion in deciding how to proceed. The seller is not required to review or select any of the backup bids.
Paid by the buyer at closing, this fee helps cover Hubzu's costs for marketing and hosting the auction. If there is a Buyer's Premium on the property, it will be noted on the property details page in the Property Fees tab and in notifications sent to the bidder during the bidding and closing processes.
The reserve price is the price set by the seller indicating the lowest price the seller might accept for a property. The seller is not obligated to accept bids that meet the reserve price, however. Ultimately, the seller reserves the right to accept a bid lower than the reserve price, higher than the reserve price, negotiate with any bidder regarding the terms of the sale or relist the property. Although sellers have complete discretion regarding bids, bidders will have the best chance of becoming the selected bidder if the bid meets the reserve price.
If an auction ends without the reserve price being met, no selected bidder is declared. However, the seller reserves the right to accept a lower bid, negotiate with a bidder, propose new terms to the bidders or relist the property.
Sellers can accept or reject any bid and have the legal right to approve or reject bids, including the highest bid based on all components such as financing type and requested closing date. In short sale transactions, both the seller and the seller's lender must approve the highest bid.
Bidders interested in a specific property can use the Auto Bid feature to remain competitive without constantly watching the auction. Bidders stipulate a monetary amount to increase their bid whenever a new, higher bid is posted by another bidder. The bidder also stipulates a ceiling amount they don't want to bid above during the auction.
Since our system tracks activity by the second, two bids are never received at the exact same time. However, when a user sets an auto bid to the same amount as a manual bidder, the auto bid will appear first with a time stamp of when the auto bid was initially set. For example, the current highest bid is $95,000. If a manual bidder submitted a $100,000 bid at 11:30 a.m. but an auto bid had been set at 11:15 a.m. for the same amount, the auto bid would appear first. An auto bid placed before a flat bid or another auto bid of the same amount will be recognized as the current highest bid. Ultimately, the seller retains the right to choose which bid the seller wants to accept.
The act of placing a bid at the last moment in the hope of being the selected bidder is called auction sniping and is intended to deny other bidders time to place a higher bid. To prevent this practice, we extend the auction by 15 minutes if a last-minute bid is received. If this occurs and you have been an active bidder on the property, we will notify you via email that the auction has been extended by 15 minutes. The auction will be extended by 15-minute increments until 15 minutes have passed without bidding activity. Note: While we provide email notifications on auction status, we strongly recommend you keep track of auction activity for properties that are nearing their time limits through your My Hubzu dashboard.
The bid deposit is a hold placed on your credit card before you can place a bid on applicable properties on Hubzu. This is used to verify that you are a serious bidder with intent to purchase the property. Please keep in mind, the bid deposit hold is required once for every applicable property in order to place a bid on said property.
The bid deposit is a hold placed on your credit and not a charge, unless you fail to fulfill certain obligations if you are chosen as the bidder to proceed with the transaction. If you are not the selected bidder, the hold will be removed within 4-7 business days after the auction cycle has ended. If you are the selected bidder, the bid deposit will be released once we receive your signed purchase and sale agreement (or PSA) and we receive confirmation from the third-party escrow agent that your earnest money deposit (or EMD) was received within the time frame set forth in the PSA. Please allow 4-7 business days for the hold to be removed after the PSA and EMD are received. If you are the selected bidder and you fail to deliver your signed PSA and earnest money deposit within the required time frame, the hold will be converted into a nonrefundable charge on your credit card in the amount of the bid deposit.
The bid deposit hold will remain in place for the duration of the auction cycle. Once the auction cycle ends, one bidder may be chosen by the seller as the "selected bidder" to proceed to contract. If you are the selected bidder, the bid deposit will be released once we receive your signed purchase and sale agreement (or PSA) and we receive confirmation from the third-party escrow agent that your earnest money deposit (or EMD) was received within the required time frame. Please allow 4-7 business days for the hold to be removed after the PSA and EMD are received. If you are not the selected bidder, the hold will be removed within 4-7 business days after the auction cycle has ended.
No. Once the bid deposit hold is placed, the amount will be held through the end of the auction cycle, even if you do not place any bids on that property in the auction cycle. Please be sure that you want to place a bid on a property before you complete the bid deposit process.
If you are the selected bidder and you fail to deliver your earnest money deposit within the required time frame, the hold will be converted into a non-refundable charge on your credit card in the amount of the bid deposit.
There are a couple of reasons why this might happen. 1) The length of the auction requires a reauthorization of the original bid deposit hold. This reauthorization might initially look like an additional hold. However, the reauthorization simply replaces the original bid deposit hold. 2) You have placed a backup bid or offer on a property after the auction ends. Placing a backup bid or offer will require a new bid deposit hold. When placing a backup bid or offer, the previous bid deposit hold is released and a new bid deposit hold is authorized. Please keep in mind that your bid deposit hold will remain in place until your backup up bid or offer expires or the Seller accepts your backup bid or offer. If your backup bid or offer is selected, the bid deposit will be released once we receive your signed purchase and sale agreement (or PSA) and we receive confirmation from the third-party escrow agent that your earnest money deposit (or EMD) was received within the required time frame. Please allow 4-7 business days for the hold to be removed after the PSA and EMD are received. However, if you are the selected bidder and you fail to deliver your signed PSA and earnest money deposit within the required time frame, the hold will be converted into a nonrefundable charge on your credit card in the amount of the bid deposit.
Typical response time is within a few days. However, short sale offer/bid acceptance often takes significantly longer due to the review conducted by the seller's lender. Note: Average time to accept a bid or offer on homes with Special Conditions or short sales is longer than auctions or traditional sales.
Most bank owned homes: You'll receive an email within 48 hours with the name of your Document Processor – your guide from this point on through the closing process – and details on next steps. You can also view this email from your My Hubzu account. Note: An email does not constitute final acceptance of your bid or offer. The documentation process, including all signatures on the Purchase and Sale Agreement, must be completed before acceptance is considered final. Short sales/properties with Special Terms, including some bank owned homes: You'll receive an email notification of the next steps in the contract process.
Most bank-owned homes: The email you receive after you are the selected bidder in an auction or your offer is approved will contain a link that will allow you to digitally sign the Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA). You must review, sign and confirm this digital version within 48 hours of receiving the link. For more information, see our FAQ section on eSignatures below. Note: For certain bank-owned properties, you may receive an email with the PSA as an attachment instead of an eSignature link. In this case, you must review, sign and send back the PSA via Hubzu within 48 hours of receiving the email. A link to the upload page is included in the email. Short sales/properties with Special Conditions Apply (Special Terms), including some bank-owned homes: You'll receive notification of the next steps in the contract process.
Most bank owned homes: After you receive notification that your bid was the selected bid, we will email you with instructions on how to complete and submit the Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA). You must sign the PSA within 48 hours of receiving these instructions. Note: An email does not constitute final acceptance of your bid or offer. The documentation process, including all signatures on the Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA), must be completed before the prospective buyer's bid is considered accepted by the seller. The seller reserves the right to receive and document backup bids/offers at any time. Short sales/properties with Special Conditions Apply (Special Terms), including some bank-owned homes: The buyer and their agent will work with the listing agent directly to sign the PSA. For short sale properties, the buyer and seller will also be required to sign a PSA Addendum.
Most bank owned homes: If you fail to sign and return the Purchase and Sale Agreement within 48 hours, the seller has the option to unilaterally cancel your offer or bid. Short sales/properties with Special Servicing Conditions (Special Terms): The listing agent holds the responsibility for informing the buyers about the signing requirements. Note: Failing to return the PSA agreement in the time required may lead to indefinite suspension of your account.
Most bank owned homes: The minimum required earnest money deposit is based on a pre-determined percentage of your selected bid/offer amount. The required deposit ranges from 1% to 7% but is never less than $1,000 or more than $15,000 and will be applied to the purchase price at closing. To view the earnest money deposit percentage for a specific property, visit the property's details page. Note: If you are unable to comply with the terms and conditions of the executed Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA), your earnest money deposit may not be refunded. Properties with Special Servicing Conditions Apply (Special Terms): The minimum required earnest money deposit is calculated by the seller and is outside the control or discretion of Hubzu. This minimum amount will be specified in the PSA and may be held in a licensed real estate agent's escrow account or with an escrow company or closing agent.
The Closing Agent (Closing Attorney, Title Company or Escrow Office) named in the Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA) must receive the earnest money deposit within 48 hours of your receipt of the fully executed PSA. Please refer to the PSA for more information. Properties with Special Terms: The PSA designates where the buyer should send the earnest money deposit.
Yes, however, the seller may offer an incentive if you use a seller-chosen Title Company, Closing Attorney, Escrow Agent or Closing Agent. For cash purchases, certain sellers may reserve the right to designate who will handle title/closing. Please refer to the Purchase and Sale Agreement for details.
The seller makes every attempt to provide the property with marketable title. Any specific questions related to title defects would need to be reviewed on a case by case basis as per the transaction's purchase and sale agreement.
Title searches have two primary goals. The first is to verify that the seller has the right to transfer ownership. The second is to identify any claims, arrears, assessments or other restrictions that might affect property ownership or otherwise complicate the sales process. Title searches include steps like examining public records available through municipal and county offices such as the local registrar of deeds and county clerk's office. Note: The title process can take longer on bank-owned homes and short sales, so buyers of these types of properties should allocate ample time for title search and issue resolution.
You should refer to the terms in the PSA regarding the treatment of your earnest money deposit if you fail to perform your obligations under the PSA. Generally, your earnest money deposit will be subject to forfeiture if you fail to close unless the failure to close is due to some legally substantiated fault of the seller.