Friday, December 4, 2009
Looking to Purchase a Foreclosure?
By Matthew Maillet
In the recent months, the foreclosed housing market has become more and more attractive for those looking to purchase discount real estate. Currently there are over 1.5 million homes for sales, and this number is expected to grow for the next six months. Foreclosed houses provide bargains for those looking to purchase assets. However, these bargains have both advantages and disadvantages. If you are looking to purchase a foreclosed house in the near future, there are many strategies that will help you in making the right purchasing decisions.
Glenn Kelman, CEO of the online discount housing broker Redfin, explained the current housing market best: “Everybody and their grandmas are trying to buy foreclosures.” Because of this, it is important to act rationally and not just get caught up in the frenzy. Cheap list prices attract many bids from potential buyers; thus, make sure to stay clear of homes that are no longer selling for a great bargain.
Two strategies that place the buyer at a greater advantage are the following: always contact lenders directly and make sure to get pre-approved from the lender you want to buy from. The better relationship you have with an asset manager, the greater chance you have with receiving insider information on great bargains as soon as they hit the market. This can put you in a better position from other buyers on the market.