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Santa Cruz County Foreclosure Real Estate

Jan 15, 2008
There are a number of different ways for people to obtain property when they are interested in the Santa Cruz real estate market. One of the ways that is less advertised is to obtain property through foreclosure. When a particular tenant ends up defaulting on their mortgage, the bank will foreclose on their property and the property will then be liquidated to the city in order for the bank to covers its costs (also known as collateral liquidation, with the house being the collateral for a conventional mortgage). The city then eventually ends up auctioning off the property to the highest bidder and the person that makes that purchase ends up purchasing a foreclosed property.

Now, there are a number of advantages inherent to this way of doing things if you are interested in obtaining a property. The advantages are different depending on what you intend to use the property for, but a general overview of the advantages would be useful in helping you decide if seeking foreclosed properties is the right thing for you to do.

If you are a person that is looking for a primary residential property to live in most of the year, then a foreclosed property might end up being a lot cheaper if it happens to be a fixer upper. Many foreclosed properties are fixer uppers because usually at the same time that someone defaults on a mortgage, they have been neglecting the upkeep and maintenance of the house due to lack of finances in order to pay proper attention to those details. However, some houses are not fixer uppers and it is still possible at auction if the auction is poorly attended that you might be able to get a property for below what you would have had to pay if you had gone through normal channels.

If you are a property investor, then attending foreclosures is an extremely good idea. Foreclosure property that is sold at auction allows you to set a maximum bid price for the property, meaning that you will never end up paying more than you want to for a piece of property. If someone outbids your maximum payment, then you simply move onto the next property and make your next bid. It is a great way to attempt to get properties at low cost and therefore make a lot of money on your investment strategy.

Santa Cruz County has a number of foreclosures going on regularly and there are many sites that will track this type of listing closely. Whatever your particular reason for looking for property in Santa Cruz happens to be, there are always going to be some advantages to you if you happen to go through the route of purchasing foreclosed property. The good thing about foreclosure as well is that you can take a look at the properties available by yourself and therefore do not have to be worried about any high pressure sales techniques being used on you by someone out to make a quick buck.
About the Author
Seb Frey is a Capitola, California Real Estate Broker specializing in Santa Cruz Real Estate. He is fluent in Spanish and enjoys helping people find their piece of the American Dream in Santa Cruz. You can find Seb's blog at SantaCruzHomeBroker.com/blog.
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