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Investing in Foreclosed Real Estate Properties: 4 Tips

Jul 1, 2008
Thanks to the explosion of the real estate market a few years ago and the amount of people who are now defaulting on their home loans, the real estate foreclosure market is booming. Lenders granted loans for people with border line credit on the assumption that if they did have to repossess the house it would be worth far more than the mortgage. The lender planned on selling the repossessed property quickly and at a profit. That didn't happen.

Unlike a decade ago when a foreclosure was almost certainly a broken down/condemned piece of real estate, now foreclosures are just as likely to be beautiful and well kept homes! This makes investing in foreclosed properties potentially lucrative.

If you've ever wondered if you should start investing in foreclosed properties, here are a few tips to help you get started:

1. Do your research on each and every property that you are thinking of investing in. If you can afford it, you should have each property professionally appraised before submitting an offer on the foreclosed property. Make sure that you aren't going to be investing in something that is going to be more of a "fixer upper" than you originally thought.

2. It is better to buy a foreclosed property at public auction. This is because sometimes homeowners who are facing foreclosure will take the money they make from selling it to you and, instead of using it to pay off their current home loan; they use it to purchase a new home. This means that, technically, the bank could still seize the house you just paid for and you have little chance of recouping your investment.

3. Investing in foreclosed property shouldn't be looked at as a full time job, especially if you are just entering into the field. It is best to start investing in foreclosed properties while you still have a full time job or some sort of steady income to ensure that you are still able to pay your bills while you work on your foreclosed property and wait for it to "flip."

4. Allocate only a portion of your investment portfolio to foreclosures. A balanced portfolio offsets swings in the market place. The house you buy at a foreclosure auction may seem like a steal. But it will remain that way only if the market doesn't go below what you've paid for the property. If your portfolio is balanced you give yourself the time for the market to start on a swing back up. You won't be forced to sell at a loss just to recover the cash or get yourself out from a mortgage you can't afford any longer.

Investing in foreclosed properties isn't for the faint of heart, but it can prove to be quite a profitable business! Make sure that you do your research and learn every thing you can about the field before you get started! Don't put all your resources in any one type of investment and that includes foreclosed properties. Give yourself time to make a profit. Don't get yourself into a corner where you're forced to sell in unfavorable conditions.
About the Author
Interested in investing in Real Estate. Dee Power is the author of several nonfiction books including The Making of a Bestseller, Attracting Capital from Angels, and Inside Secrets to Venture Capital. Dee's hobbies include gardening
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