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Pre-foreclosure Versus Foreclosures - Pros of the 'Pre

Aug 14, 2008
Most people in the US are aware of the current real estate crisis and the unsettling fact that many people are losing their homes to foreclosure. Before a home is in the process of becoming foreclosed, it is in the pre-foreclosure stage. The pre-foreclosure period can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, and is considered by many real estate investors as the absolute best time in which to negotiate the purchase of a home.

Many of the 'for sale by owner' signs that you see are from owners that are in pre-foreclosure. The bank usually allows the homeowner time in which to try and sell their home before it is foreclosed. This is common because the bank is not in the real estate business and would prefer the current owner sell the home to cut their losses rather then having to seize the home themselves.

Here are many advantages to buying a pre-foreclosed home from a homeowner rather than bidding on a foreclosed home at an auction:

- A pre-foreclosed home could actually be cheaper because you are dealing one-on-one with an owner who desperately wants to avoid foreclosure.

- Since you won't be at an auction, you will be given more time to talk to the home owner about any questions you may have concerning the house.

- There is usually less competition for a pre-foreclosed home than a auctioned foreclosed home. You won't have to worry about placing the highest bid.

- More time to evaluate financial scenario then at an auctioned property.

- Many people can become more emotionally driven during bidding and pay more then they had intended to.

- Less risk of potential problems because you can get a good look at the house ahead of time, and have it professionally inspected.

- You don't need as much cash up front like you would at an auction. You can pay a down payment for as low as a few hundred dollars!

Always check to make sure that the pre-foreclosed home you're interested in has no liens or judgements against it. You should also bring along someone to inspect the home for you so you'll know of any problems. The risks in purchasing a pre-foreclosed home are similar to purchasing a home the traditional way, only a lot less expensive.
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