One can find foreclosed properties in multiple-listing service (MLS) periodicals and websites, via online real estate searches, bank offices and sites and local newspapers. Because properties purchased from HUD are sold as is, and because foreclosed homes can have damage ranging from simple poor upkeep to stripped copper, the only reason you do that is for profit,” says Steve Stout, residential field supervisor at the Oklahoma County Assessor’s Office.
Remember you can not get into the home before you buy it, unless you stop by the house and the former homeowners are still living there, in which case you would need to ask them for their permission to walk through the home that they just had foreclosed on. This is usually not a recommended idea as some homeowners have very bitter feelings about losing their homes.
Where ever you are looking to buy your foreclosed or repo home, make sure you know the local market and you’ll really be able to cash in. Some markets are very competitive… take a look at my video talking about buying a foreclosed home in your local area.
Nevertheless, in an illiquid real estate market or following a significant drop in real estate prices, it may happen that the property being foreclosed is sold for less than the remaining balance on the primary mortgage loan, and there may be no insurance to cover the loss.
Even without the crime element, homes that have sat dormant for months or even years have likely been exposed to the elements and thus have a substantial risk of some kind of damage: mold, impaired plumbing, wood rot, termites – things that require substantial outlay to fix, making that bargain price tag less of a bargain.