For many real estate investors, Foreclosure Properties offer a relatively easy way to acquire residential and commercial properties at a discounted rate. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when backing a foreclosure investment property.
Foreclosure Properties Get Sold In “As Is” Condition
Unlike traditional real estate, where potential buyers get to walk through the property before making an offer, real estate investors who buy foreclosure property must often do so without seeing the interior of the home or commercial building. In some cases, you may be able to walk around the exterior of the building to get an idea of the shape the property is in, but you will never know the extent of the work that’s required until you take ownership of the property and inspect it for yourself.
If the home needs a substantial amount of repairs and renovations to get it to marketable condition, the costs of these improvements have to get added to the expenses before a profitable sale can get made. There are no warranties or guarantees, so there’s always a chance that you’re buying a property that has serious issues with the structure, plumbing, or the electrical systems.
While not always the case, foreclosure homes are prone to have gone without upkeep and maintenance before getting foreclosed upon. After all, if the owner had troubles making monthly mortgage payments or got stuck in an “upside-down” loan, the chances are good that they were reluctant to make any additional cash or credit investments into the home.
There are no warranties or guarantees expressed or implied on any Foreclosure property, so you’ll need to be prepared to handle issues that arise with the project.
You Must Have Cash To Purchase Properties
Another major concern for real estate investors who want to buy Foreclosure properties is the fact that all properties must be paid for with cash at the time of the auction or liquidation. For this reason, real estate investors have to have free access to relatively large sums of money when they want to buy a property. Mortgages are not an acceptable form of payment for acquiring distressed properties, so you’ll need to be able to pay for the property in full using a Cashier’s Check that’s payable for the entire balance of the purchase price.
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