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Bank Owned Property Your First Investment Property

Jun 30, 2008
Bank owned property can be a treasure-trove for investors. The American mortgage industry is inundated with foreclosure's, with no relief in site. With the rising cost of fuel spurring price hikes in just about everything you can think of, and the credit card companies doubling their minimum payments family's that were teetering on the financial edge are now plummeting into ruin.

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.

Knowledge is definitely power! If the property makes sense for you, then you must act fast and make the purchase before other investors scoop it up. Buying a foreclosed property requires that you follow many steps. In most cases of foreclosure, the lender(usually a bank) has taken back ownership of the house.

How would you like the chance to buy a property way below market value, that is the leverage of buying bank owned property. Many times there is not a lot of repairs and very little wrong with the property. There are so many homes out there right now just waiting for someone to discover. The really good deals out there that can put you in the home of your dreams. Without the savings from foreclosure investing it may just be a pipe dream for you to buy a home of your own on your current budget.

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.

Don't underestimate the cost of repairs. You should get estimates from a couple of well established contractors. Don't forget that repairs on a home will take time. If your plan is to sell the house, factor in the time it will take to fix it up. Remember contractors are notorious for not staying on schedule. Try to find a reliable contractor that you like to work with, by using the same contractor on many different properties you will find they understand what your trying to do and the work will go much smoother.

This motivation, combined with the principle of supply and demand, results in foreclosed properties being available to investors below their market value. The difference between what an investor sells a property for, minus acquisition cost and expense, is the investor's profit. Investors can increase this profit in two ways. The first is to maximize what they sell the property for by making improvements. Since foreclosed properties are taken against the wishes of the homeowners, they will not be in pristine shape without some work before re-selling, as a traditionally marketed real estate is.

You need to be thorough and competent, you must keep a written file of all your research before buying a property, and carefully review all the information and make sure you have covered all the bases. A good way to back yourself up would be to have professional people to work with you by building yourself a network with a reliable handy man, a real estate agent with experience in purchasing bank owned property.
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