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The first-time homebuyer tax credit deadline came and went. What's next? Distressed properties and they are NOT the cliched, run-down ruins without heat.
In fact, in November 09 a KW survey documented that 40% of Bank-owned properties (REOs) were first-time home buyers in 2009 and 50% of all short sale buyers were first-timers.
By definition, a distressed property is one that was purchased with a loan and the homeowner is no longer able to make their mortgage payment resulting in foreclosure - or if they're lucky a short sale - meaning they owe more on the home than it's currently worth. With a 20% increase in foreclosures from 2009, distressed properties still remain a large portion of home sales and are going to continue well into 2010 as homeowners continue to feel the effects of an economy on the mend.
Here's why a distressed property can be a great option.
Low prices- Buying a foreclosed property is an excellent way to get a home for less. Research shows you can save 10-40 percent over the price of similar properties in a traditional sale.
Low mortgage costs- With rates hovering near historic lows, financing costs are favorable. Since rates are always changing, it's important to begin the pre-approval process so that you know how much you can realistically afford.
Options - The number of homes in some stage of the foreclosure process still remains high. RealtyTrac, a site dedicated to tracking foreclosures across the country, estimates that there are approximately 2.1 million homes in some stage of foreclosure in the United States.
Motivated sellers and lenders - According to data from RealtyTrac, in April, one in every 387 households in the country has received a foreclosure filing. The bottom line is that many sellers are still feeling the pain of a down economy and are anxious to out get from under a home that is putting stress on their current financial frustrations. While it is still an emotional transaction, these sellers are willing to come down on price or even consider concessions such as helping out on closing costs. Banks holding on to large portfolios of Real Estate Owned (REO) properties want to unload quickly - and price these home to sell.
Your best ally when purchasing a distressed property is an expert. To help you make informative decisions, call me for a personal consultation. 610-764-3062 email@example.com
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