Price is one good reason. Often bank owned/foreclosed homes are priced considerably lower than other comparably listed homes. Buyer beware though, necessary repairs are often factored into the bank/agent determined price, so low-ball offers tend to be rejected over the more educated buyer's offer.
Appraisals! If a bank owned property
doesn't appraise the bank will often yield to the appraisal and
reduce the selling price to meet the appraised price. Most
Location, A vital criteria in determining whether or not this home/investment is right for you. If a house is priced at $30,000 and is in a typically rental area where the average rental goes for $650-$850 then turn the traffic lights green! Where do I sign??? If on the other hand this $30k home is located in a beautiful, owner occupied subdivision where homes are normally priced at $150,000, then red flags might be the order of the day.
Closing on a Bank Owned Property: Depending on the bank and title company chosen to perform the closing the average bank owned property can be closed in 2-6 weeks as opposed to very lengthy and uncertain outcomes of short sales.
Are bank owned properties a viable alternative? They most certainly can be, but do your homework and get a knowledgeable Realtor to assist you in purchasing your bank owned property.
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