Buyers 101 for Today's Real Estate Market

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Real Estate Agent with Donovan Blatt Realty 01267479

Short sale, REO, bank owned, foreclosure, pre-foreclosure.  There are so many terms that have become common in today's real estate market, and many buyers don't understand what they mean or how they might effect them when buying a home.

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As a result, I've found myself doing individual Buyers 101 classes for first time buyers.  As I do this, I've begun to realize that even people who have bought before may not understand much of what is happening in today's market, and so I decided to do a quick Buyers 101 for Today's Real Estate Market.

In many areas of Orange County, California, distress sales(REOs, bank owned, short sales) make up approximately 66% of the market.

Because of the prices on distress sales and the percentage they have of the market, these are often the ones on which buyers first contact me.

I find that many are confused by the terms REOs, foreclosure, bank owned home, and short sales.  Many people think these are all the same thing. They aren't.

REO stands for Real Estate Owned.  This is a home which the bank foreclosed on and now owns. 

Bank owned and foreclosures are other terms for homes that are owned by the bank.

A short sale, sometimes called pre-foreclosure, is a home where the current owner is not a bank but rather the person who borrowed from the bank.  In this case, the current owner's home is worth less than they owe to the bank (or less than they owe to the bank plus the costs to sell), so they are asking the bank to accept less than it is actually owed when the home sells.

Buying a short salecan take longer than buying an REO because the price of the listing is one that the real estate agent believes is fair in the current market, but not usually one the bank has already agreed to accept.  It can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months to get an accepted short sale, if they are accepted. Because of this, there may be less competition for a short sale than an REO, but it depends upon the home.

Whenever my buyer decides to make an offer on a short sale, I counsel them that they will need to be patient if they are going to see it through.

For more information on short sales in general see Do You Need a Short Sale  or What is a Short Sale.  

With an REO, the bank has already determined a price they will accept when they list, so they tend to be a lot quicker than a short sale.

With both REOs and short sales, the buyer will often find that the banks and/or sellers are unwilling to make repairs, so it is extremely important to have an inspection done of the home and understand that you are likely buying the property "as is".

Either way, these homes can be good deals, and there may be a great deal of competition for them or they may languish on the market depending upon the condition, the price, how quickly an offer will be responded to and other factors.

For more general information on buying a home see You've Decided to Buy Your New Home - Now What?

or call me at 714-319-9751.

Click for a free list of Orange County foreclosures or a free list of Orange County short sales or e-mail Me!


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About the author: Christine Donovan is a California Residential Real Estate Broker with experience in assisting clients buy and sell residential real estate.

Are you upside down in your home? Is it worth less than you owe? Are you concerned about making your mortgage payment? Contact me at christine@donovanblatt.com or 714-319-9751 to discuss your options.

Want to buy a home or to list your property for sale in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach or Orange County? Contact me at christine@donovanblatt.com or 714-319-9751 to learn about my system which will make your buying and selling experience easier.

Click Orange County homes for saleto view all OC homes for sale.

Disclaimer: All information in this blog is deemed reliable but is subject to change at any time and is not guaranteed to be accurate nor are there any warantees either express or implied.

Copyright © 2009 by Christine Donovan, All Rights Reserved. Buyers 101 for Today's Real Estate Market.

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About the author: Christine Donovan is a California Residential Real Estate Broker with experience in assisting clients buy and sell residential real estate.

Are you upside down in your home? Is it worth less than you owe? Are you concerned about making your mortgage payment? For more information see Options to Foreclosures, understanding short sales or contact me at christine@donovanblatt.com to discuss your options.

If you want to buy a home or to list your property for sale, please click Newport Beach homes, Costa Mesa homes, Huntington Beach homes or Orange County homes.  Click the link if you are interested in buying a home at a courthouse auction sale.

Contact me at christine@donovanblatt.com or 714-319-9751 to learn about her system which will make your buying and selling experience easier.

Disclaimer: All information in this blog is deemed reliable but is subject to change at any time and is not guaranteed to be accurate nor are there any warantees either express or implied. This blog is not intended to offer any legal, tax or other advice.

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Christine, this is definately good advice.  I think you are right that in todays market, you do need to educate the buyers about what is going on in the housing industry.  A buyers 101 class, I think, would work well here in Arizona.

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Troy - There have been many changes and new things coming in to the market.  It's imperative that buyers, and sellers, understand.

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One Realtor told me recently that he loved foreclosures because it gave him the opportunity to bait them and then switch them to something other than foreclosures and REOs. Interesting choice of words, I thought.

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