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Hud Homes - Things To Know

Nov 9, 2007
A HUD home is a 1 to 4 unit residential property acquired by HUD as a result of a foreclosure action on an FHA-insured mortgage. HUD becomes the property owner and offers it for sale to recover the loss on the foreclosure claim. You know investing in home is one of the safest investments as far as return is concerned. You can definitely make out a pretty good amount by buying a home today and selling the same in near future. If you are a real estate investor there is a good chance that you have heard of HUD homes. These are great investment opportunities, but just like anything else, there are some details that will stand in your way. Of course, if you put your mind to it you can get past the road blocks, and hopefully turn these HUD homes into plenty of money.

The first thing that you should know is that not all HUD homes can be used for investment purposes. In fact, these homes are only for people who plan to live in them. But with that being said, there is a time when investors can get in on the action. If no homeowners are bidding on the property, this is when investors can enter with a bid. So as you can see, if you are interested in buying an HUD home you will win some bids, but lose quite a few as well; this is something to get used to if you are going to play in this part of the industry. If you have the cash or can qualify for a loan (subject to certain restrictions) you may buy a HUD Home. HUD Homes are initially offered to owner-occupant purchasers (people who are buying the home as their primary residence). Following the priority period for owner occupants, unsold properties are available to all buyers, including investors.

HUD homes are sold using a bidding process. This is much different than the way that you would buy a home with a real estate agent. Of course, the bidding process is only intimidating at first. Once you get used to what is going on, you will not have any problems jumping in on the action. The best way to find HUD homes for sale is to head to the official website. This will allow you to search for properties based on the area of the country that you are interested in. There are also many companies that sell HUD lists to investors, but before you buy one of these make sure that you are getting a good deal. After all, you do not want to buy an outdated list of HUD homes. Obviously, homes that have already been sold are not going to do you any good at all.

All in all, buying an HUD home is a special process. It is not the same as buying with an agent, but even then, real estate is real estate. You will want to be careful about what home you bid on, and then take things from there. As an investor, HUD homes offer the potential to make a lot of money. But first, you will have to see if any others want to buy the home as a place of residency.
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