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Bank Owned Property At Discount Prices

Jun 11, 2008
What does buying your first house and bank owned property have in common. For most people when they hear about foreclosure, they are not thinking about the investment potential. What strikes my mind is the monumental opportunity some lucky investor will have by taking the time to structure a deal that makes it possible for the bank to get the property off their books, and for you the investor to make a hearty profit.

This is a very serious problem for the mortgage lenders as well as the property owner. The lender want's to regain the money tied-up in the property. The home owner has bill's piling up, they are missing payments and praying for a miracle before they hit rock bottom and lose everything.

When you think about it, where else can you buy property with such a deep discount except in foreclosure investing. Banks are trying to recover the money they have wrapped up in the property, they are not trying to sell real estate for profit. They do not want them on their hands, but need to get rid of them. You are able to find really great deals. There are even some homes that are priced the same as apartments.

Any property that is a bank owned property can be called an REO. "real estate owned". All banks want to recoup as much of the money they put into the property as they can and still get it off their books as fast as market conditions allow. Often a bank owned property can be priced 5-30% below current market value. Dealing with a bank on your own can prove difficult,that is why the services of a real estate agent with experience buying bank foreclosure properties is something you should seriously consider before approaching a bank with your offer.

Besides the price and availability of bank owned properties, they also make owning a home more affordable. The prices for homes have fallen, yet still remains out of reach. You may need a single family home, but cannot find one that fits your pocket. Foreclosures are basically bad news for some and good news for others. For the savvy investor, these are the days when investment properties are not only abundant, but priced to sell.

Now is the time you can get the best price on the size house you want. The economy is not in very good shape today. Many people cannot afford to make car or home payments. This leaves the ones who have saved up in the past at an advantage. How long have you been saving for a house of your own? How would you like twenty to forty percent more property for the same price as traditionally purchased real estate, looking into bank owned property can save you big money.

If your pre approved for a mortgage loan, especially with the bank your attempting to buy the bank owned property from then the process will go much smoother and faster. As I have said before banks are in the money lending business not the real estate business, so they want the money owed them for the property, so they can make loans with it and earn interest payments.

So bank owned property will frequently need some minor repairs, upgrades or improvements that the investor can make which will increase the selling price of the property. Another way the investor can increase their profit margin is by reducing the cost of acquiring the property. An alternative way to do this is to buy bank owned property.
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