Thinking of purchasing a distresssed property?

Real Estate Agent with BHG Real Estate III

Granted there are some great investment deals in the distressed property market. Here are ten rules that may assist in the process.

1. Have the money before you shop. Most owners of distressed properties cannot or will
not accept contracts with a mortgage contingency clause. Having the loan in advance
gives the buyer an advantage in negotiating.
2. Be mentally prepared for delays, aggravations, and red tape. Buying a distressed
property could be your worse real estate transaction ever. However, it could also be the
best investment you ever made.
3. No contingencies. This will usually cause the offer to be rejected.
4. Flexibility as to the condition of the property. This is necessary as there could be
components that need to be replaced, repaired or that are inoperable. Understand that
with foreclosures and REOs there are no disclaimers regarding the property or the
5. Be prepared to make an offer. The best chance of getting what you want and how you
want it is when you are not competing with another offer. When you see it – BUY IT!
6. Motivations rule the day. These need to be verbalized and evaluated. The motivation
of finding the perfect home, at the lowest price with no hassles is all but impossible
when it come to distressed property purchases.
7. Buying at the bottom of the market. The bottom of the market is not determined until
months after it hits the bottom. This is not a realistic goal.
8. Quick settlement. Many if not most distressed property sellers demand a quick
settlement as they want to be relieved of the financial burden. A quick settlement is one
that take place within 30-days from the acceptance of the offer.
9. Inspections. It is recommended that any buyer of distressed property seek the advice of
a competent home inspector to determine repairs that need to be made and the
associated cost.
10. Examination of title. A title search by a competent attorney would be advisable to any
client buying a distressed property


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  1. Monique Hailer 01/24/2010 12:47 PM
Home Buying
Virginia Albemarle County Charlottesville
charlottesville foreclosures
charlottesville short sales
charlottesville distressed properties

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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

Bob * GREAT post!!! #7 is REALLY important!  Too many home buyers coming into the area judge our real estate market by their last experience and they do not realize that our area has not been hit by the waves of foreclosures as have other areas of the country and that our employment base is extremely solid.

Priced right, area homes are selling.

Jan 23, 2010 10:34 PM #1
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I would never, never advise a home buyer to enter a contract without a financing contingency.  That's too risky. 


Jan 23, 2010 10:44 PM #2
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Having a loan approval with you is always advisable to begin shopping for a new house

Jan 23, 2010 11:17 PM #3
Bob Harris
BHG Real Estate III - Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville VA Real Estate

Excellent points by Wallace, Lenn and Fernando. Wallace is right concerning our local Charlottesville area market. Though there are more short sales and bank owned properties than any previous time, we are not whacked like many other areas of the country. Lenn, are so right about the protection of a finance contingency, but when there are now multiple offers on foreclosures, the banks get very choosy. And Fernando, a full loan approval is like bringing a colt 45 to a slingshot party.

Jan 24, 2010 05:30 AM #4
Monique Hailer
Schooner Bay Realty., Inc. & CENTURY 21 New Millenniun - Cape Coral, FL
South West Florida & Southern Maryland Homes

Bob ~Great advice on distressed properties. Maybe we should call the STRESSFUL Sales!

Jan 24, 2010 12:47 PM #5
Margaret C. Taylor
Century 21 New Millennium MD - Mechanicsville, MD
St Marys/Calvert/Charles MD Real Estate Agent

Interesting advice.  Thank you.  Margaret C.

Jan 24, 2010 03:02 PM #6
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