Such a DEAL! . . . Maybe It Really Isn't

Reblogger Bob Edwards
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker- The Real Estate Group, Inc.

I would like to share with you a very good post written by Carla Muss-Jacobs. She makes some very valid points on buying distressed properties. If you're thinking about buying foreclosures in Appleton or the Fox Cities Valley just give me a call, Bob Edwards at (920) 202-2431. I'll provide you with a list of foreclosure homes and share more important tips.

Original content by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED Inactive License Oregon

This blog was inspired by Charles Buell's The Perfect Storm 

I started thinking about this, and realized how amazed I am that some short sales, but mainly foreclosures are coveted by Buyers


Because Buyers think that a Foreclosure, mainly, is a great bargain.  The lure of getting something for nothing, or a lot of house for a little buck.

Sometimes that's the case.  Most times, it's not.

The main thing to consider when you are representing a Buyer, or are a Buyer, is condition.  The condition of foreclosure property might be in dire straights -- a tear down -- or, it might need some sweat equity.

Rarely, and I mean rarely have the foreclosed homes I've toured been move-in ready.

If you're a Buyer, or representing a Buyer who is interested in Foreclosures, try to be realistic.

  • Do you have the funds to fix the place up?
  • Is the property going to fund?
  • Is the property going to be a money pit with unforeseen headaches (Netflix "The Money Pit")
  • Will the money you put in to it pencil out in the long-run?
  • Do you have the time and INCLINATION to make updates?
  • REPEAT:  Do you have the FUNDS to fix the place up?

I toured a Foreclosure on Sunday.  It had gone PENDING, but was back on the market.  I took my clients out to see it.  From the photos it looked fine.  Upon closer inspection:  the roof needed replacing, the garage door was dry rotted, the rain gutters were rusted (leaked), the flooring needed to be replaced, there were no appliances, and the siding (which the listing agent noted as "OTHER") might have been LP . . . the kiss of death in our local area. 

This might have seemed like SUCH a DEAL on paper.   It required a lot to make it move-in ready and that = MONEY!!

Looked GREAT in the photos!  A lot do. 

I hope the Buyers didn't waste spend money on a home inspection.  Maybe what Charles is blogging about happened?  And that would have been a shame!  A good, experienced agent -- such as YOURS TRULY --  would have pointed out the issues, prior to writing an offer.  Perhaps, saving the Buyers $300 to find out the OBVIOUS!! 

Keep in mind, Foreclosures are sold "AS IS" in most cases.  And "AS IS / WHERE IS" aka:  What you SEE . . . IS what you get!"

And most Foreclosures are: YOYO (You're On Your Own!)


Representing Buyers Since 1999 ~

Carla Muss-Jacobs, ABR, CEBA, e-PRO, Realtor®

Principal Broker/Owner
EBAPortland, LLC
YOUR Exclusive Buyer's Agent

CHECK OUT for Home Buyer TIPS! 

Read My Blogs:   

All rights reserved (c)


This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

I wrote a post that said basically foreclosure, short sale, bulder close out etc etc are all just words. The only word that matters in a real estate transaction is VALUE

Jan 29, 2010 08:03 AM #1
Bob Edwards
Coldwell Banker- The Real Estate Group, Inc. - Appleton, WI
Fox Cities Real Estate Hotline, SFR- Appleton, WI

You're right Charlie, if the value isn't there it isn't there.

Jan 29, 2010 08:15 AM #2
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


Bob Edwards

Fox Cities Real Estate Hotline, SFR- Appleton, WI
Ask me a question
Spam prevention

Additional Information