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Make Money In A Down Market Buying Abandoned Houses

Aug 18, 2007
Abandoned property investments are money spinning, yet little known fragments of the real estate market. Abandoned properties in reality are not actually abandoned. It just means that no one works or lives there anymore. So you may find such property with weeds around or with taxes accruing and sometimes with leaks.

You may find such properties even when the real estate market is down, so start by driving down and finding such homes. The longer the house is abandoned, the better the prospect you have of minting money; whether the real estate market is booming or not.

Once you locate such an abandoned home, take a peek inside and if the interior looks really abandoned then that is prime property! After this, have a talk with the neighbors, as they are the best to provide complete information about the property. Generally they are very helpful, as seeing an abandoned house in the vicinity is an eyesore and they would really love to see it restored.

To confirm whether the house is really abandoned and to know more details about the owners, check the mailboxes. They carry lots of information about the previous owner. Dont remove anything as its illegal and from the information provided, you can check details.

Most of the time, you might get information on the tenant and not the house owner; dont worry as the tenants are great resources for finding out what is really wrong with the house since they have lived there. You can then try locating the owner through the phone book or Internet, as they would be really happy to find a solution for their abandoned property. While dealing with the owner be clear and show your interest as an investor who wishes to buy properties and relocate in that area as this might get them interested.

Be friendly and listen to all the owners have to say. If they sound open, put forward your offer and if they find it interesting they may continue negotiations or they may quote. If their quote is more than yours, then you can talk about the meeting that you had with the previous tenant with regards to the various repairs needed in the home. If everything goes well the deal may click.

Flipping houses always generates money even when the market is not booming, but you must be very careful and take time and conduct thorough research before clicking the deal. When you deal in abandoned properties, you are free to use the various financing modes. There are quite a lot of reasons why these properties are preferred in conventional financing. While buying such abandoned properties, rarely does the seller ask your credit report. Generally the seller is open to innovative strategies, as they will help him to get rid of his abandoned assets. After all what does the seller lose? The property is anyhow not generating any money.

Some sellers are happy to deal when they have a mortgage attached to the home. Bearing taxes and insurances is really dreadful and when a property is left abandoned, it is subject to wreckage and he has to shell out money constantly to avoid it from complete deterioration.
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