When purchasing a HUD home, there are misconceptions to replace with facts and advantages to consider. The following is information about the purchase of Arizona HUD homes.
First, exactly what is a HUD home? When a home is purchased with a FHA (Federal Housing Administration which is a sub-agency of HUD) insured loan and the borrower defaults on the loan, the lender may file a claim against the FHA insurance fund and convey ownership to HUD who then sells the home at market value to get back some of the loss from the foreclosure.
One misconception I have heard is that HUD homes are always in poor condition. I find that just like bank owned or short sales, HUD homes can be very clean and well taken care of or a disaster or anywhere in between. One of the advantages to a HUD home is that before HUD homes are listed, HUD orders an appraisal and property/pest inspection of the home. Anyone can go to the HUD website http://www.mcbreo.com/and read the report to see the condition of the property before viewing it.
If the property inspection determined that the property needs repairs but less than $5,000 and the buyer is using an FHA insured loan, for the home to be eligible for the FHA loan an escrow repair is established to cover the costs of the repairs to the home. The costs of the repairs are included in the loan amount and repaid by the borrower as part of the house payment.
It is advised that a potential buyer conduct their own home inspection by hiring a competent inspector. HUD homes are sold in "as-is "condition and HUD makes no warranties or quarantees about the condition of the home and will make no repairs. This is also the case in the purchase of a lender owned foreclosure property.
Another advantage for owner occupants (person that will live in the home as his or her primary residence within 30 days of the close of escrow) who are interested in purchasing a HUD home is that during the first 10 days a HUD property is listed to the general public, there is no competition from investors. Bids from Owner Occupant Purchasers only are accepted. All bids placed by Owner Occupants that are submitted during those ten days are opened on the 11th day and are considered as though they were received simultaneously. If there is no winning bid during those ten days the bidding is opened to include investors.
Another misconception is that HUD provides loans to persons who would not under other circumstances qualify for a loan. HUD does not provide financing for its properties. Before a person can place a bid on a HUD home they must be pre-approved for a real estate loan or have proof of sufficent cash to purchase.
A great advantage for those who do not have the downpayment required for a typical loan is that a buyer can purchase a HUD home for as little as $100 down. It is important to discuss the costs with an experienced lender and the price to bid with a HUD approved agent. Before a bid can be submitted, the buyer must have on deposit with the real estate broker an earnest deposit check. If the purchase price is $50,000 or less the required check amount is $500. If the purchase price is more than $50,000 the check amount is $1,000. Any unused portion will be reimbursed to the buyer at close of escrow.
The advantage of the sealed bid process is it eliminates many of the hassles associated with the typical lender owned or preforeclosure transaction where bidding wars and long waits are common. If during the first ten days of owner occupant bidding, no offer is accepted, bids are reviewed daily and the bidder with the winning bid is notified the following day. If more than one acceptable bid is placed, the bid with the highest net amount to HUD wins the sale.
If you have hesitated about considering purchasing a HUD home, realize that these properties open up another opportunity for purchasing a home at an afforadable price. With the assistance of an experienced HUD approved agent and a lender who understands the process, replace the misconceptions with facts and consider the advantages of purchasing a HUD home.
The process for buying a HUD home is different from a normal home purchase. Access to view HUD homes and place bids is restricted to a HUD approved real estate agent. For a partial list of AZ HUD homes http://www.eastvalleyphoenixhomes.com/hudhomes.html).
To get a list of all HUD homes that meet your criteria or to discuss if a HUD home purchase would be in your best interest, call Deanne Olivas, an approved HUD agent, at American Allstar Realty 480 452-5567.