Myth #7 Foreclosures are the best deal.

Real Estate Agent with Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor

This is a continuation of a series: 10 Common Myths Shared by Homebuyers.* See Myth #6  here. 

There has been so much media attention on the rise of foreclosures and the hype of getting a good deal.  It's hard not to ignore it and of course everyone wants to get a fantastic deal.  But the fact is that some foreclosures are overpriced and also have undesirable conditions attached to them.  On a foreclosure, what you see is what you get. The bank will not make any repairs.  One important thing to do is to evaluate the cost of repairs to make sure that it will not exceed fair market value of the property.  Otherwise, you could have bought the house down the street for less money.  Often there is not electricity or water available, and it is the buyer responsibility to turn it on to inspect the home.  And again, even if you do find something severely wrong, the bank will not fix it. The sale is AS-IS.  A good value in a foreclosure requires research and due diligence.  You'll need a good home inspector and contractor on hand to work up the repairs and numbers. 

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Stay tuned for more myths...*The series is adapted from the REBAC article published October 2008, 10 Common Myths Shared by First-Time Homebuyers in Today's Buyer's Rep.

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Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
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Good points....I think people who are finally accept foreclosure know that it's stupid for them to invest into a home that they will no longer own.  Investment buyers aren't aware of this fact. 

Nov 24, 2008 12:58 AM #1
Frances C. Rokicki
Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC - Bolton, CT

They really take much too long to close.  My buyer clients are frustrated with it all.  Better for those sellers who are serious about moving!

It's a Good Life!


Nov 24, 2008 01:55 AM #2
LaShawn Norden
Keller Williams Heritage Realty - Longwood, FL
REALTOR, (321) 377-0157, Your Real Estate Advocate in Central FL

Michele~Again, I love this series! Your post provides an accurate picture of the biggest challenge I see in buying a foreclosed home...the seller (bank) will not agree to any repairs. I had a buyer who was under contract to buy a bank-owned home earlier this summer that almost fell through because the bank would not make a $200 roof repair to stop the active roof leak...the end result was that the Buyer had to get permission to make the repair himself prior to closing or his lender would not loan the money...Scary, I know...but it was the only way it would close. I have spent many hours explaining to Buyers this pitfall to buying a foreclosed home. Let's hope these banks get smarter before they end up owning a quarter of the properties in the country.

Nov 24, 2008 02:23 AM #3
Nicole Weidauer
Keller Williams Greater Seattle - Shoreline, WA

You make a great point. There is an inherent risk associated with foreclosures/ distressed properties. Properties are sold as is and if there ARE any problems- it's your job to get them fixed. The price may be significantly low but you have to factor in the repairs and costs to accomplish the task of fixing the property. If it doesn't add up, it's not a good deal.

Another thing to consider is that if you want these properties- you are going to have to deal with a bank- in one way or another, and that could add up to weeks and even months longer than it would a non-distressed/ non- foreclosure property.

It takes a certain type of client to deal with these properties. They should know the time and work that needs to be put into buying foreclosure/ bank owned properties.

Thanks for sharing, Nicole Weidauer

The Egerer & Weiauer Team, Keller Williams Realty North Seattle

Nov 24, 2008 04:56 AM #4
Michele Reneau
Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor - Summerville, SC
Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team

Larry-Oh how true! It's sad to see the condition of the homes.

Frances-Great point! Sellers competing with foreclosures that are motivated and in good condition can take advantage of the situation.

LaShawn-I've been in those shoes before too. It can be quite stressful. Luckily mine was able to make the repair also.

Nicole-I agree that non-foreclosure take much longer and many buyers and agents stay away from them.

Nov 24, 2008 11:26 PM #5
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