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Repossessed Property Tips

Mar 30, 2008
Buying repossessed properties is becoming a popular option especially among first time property buyers. For example, in England, the number of repossessed properties coming to market has risen dramatically. Though this hike in the number of repossessed properties could have a negative impact on the property markets, many first time buyers are quite optimistic about this as it is really a unique opportunity.

For instance, people who are looking for houses of their own, but have a low budget, can opt for a fairly priced repossessed property. These properties are taken away by lenders or banks because of the inability of their owners to keep up mortgage repayments.

Before repossession of such properties, a grace period is offered to the owners wherein if the owners are able to repay their arrears or arrange a suitable repayment plan, no action is taken against them. If the owner is unable to repay in the given grace period, then the possession of the property is taken by the lender or bank who can then sell this repossessed property through auction. Below are a few more points that you must consider if you want to purchase a repossessed property.

Though a repossessed property is a convenient option for first time buyers, they can be tricky to find. The main reason behind this is that the mortgage buyers will probably never disclose the fact that a property is going through repossession. They do so because they want to project a certain image and do not want to be labelled as home breakers. Local estate agents can give you many clues regarding where to find ideal repossessed properties. Even though the information may not always be readily advertised in newspapers all enquiries are welcomed by these agents.

When you buy repossessed properties, it is important to bear in mind that such properties might not be in a good condition. The reason for such untidy condition of the property is usually shortage of money. The location of such properties also may not be apt. Such properties are possessed by the society or bank and sometimes kept shut until prospective buyers are found.

Some people think that lenders might sell off a repossessed property at a very cheap price. This may be the case if the mortgage on the property is very low.

Usually they make sufficient efforts to dispose off the property at optimum market prices. This is usually done through auction sales. There is another way of selling the property i.e by means of sealed bids. The bid envelopes are opened on a predetermined day and the property is entitled to the highest bidder. In case of a bank's repossession of a property, two independent surveys are made to gauge the achievable market value. The property is then passed on to an agent who can get the best value for it. If the bank fails to pay off the mortgage on the property then the previous owner could become liable for paying the difference.

Traders usually take advantage of such situations. Developers sometimes buy these properties to sell at higher prices after renovation. With a few renovations and repairs, a repossessed property can become a highly lucrative venture that can easily avail you a great return.
About the Author
Parmdeep Vadesha is a property investment expert and founder of the largest community of property entrepreneurs on the web who buy below market value properties from distressed homeowners facing repossession, divorce and bankruptcy. He writes a monthly newsletter for 70,000 property investors worldwide - http://www.Property-System.com
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