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Bank Owned Property Have You Ever Considered

Jun 23, 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.

Then they receive the letter from the bank stating they have started foreclosure proceedings. Unfortunately, this is when most property owners just give up and ride their misfortune into the ground. It can take ten to fifteen years for your credit to recover from foreclosure.

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.

As a real estate investor you will view many properties, hiring a professional home inspector will protect you from hidden problems that need repair adding extra expense to the property, another perk to hiring a home inspector and developing a working relationship with them is by walking with them and asking questions you will start to pick-up on how to spot potential problems for yourself which will help you narrow down your list to more profitable choices.

This sober reality, along with a considerable number of properties in their portfolios, causes the banks and lenders to be very motivated to sell at a much more reasonable price. They want to sell off as many of their portfolio properties as possible to free up their capital, So they can then reinvest that capital, and get a return on their new investment. To make that happen, they must sell the foreclosed properties. This gives them motivation to sell the properties as quickly as possible.

Make sure you get pre approved for a mortgage loan, it is always helpful to get that pre approval with the bank your trying to buy the bank owned property from it just makes the process go much smoother and faster. As I have said many times before mortgage lenders make money from the interest on loans they make, not by foreclosing on property owners, when they foreclose on a property the interest payments stop, so they are highly motivated to sell that property and get those interest payments started again.

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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