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Foreclosure Investing for Beginners

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By : Cassiano Travareli    99 or more times read
Real Estate analysts and investors are predicting that the distressed housing market will soon hit rock bottom, based on the slowing foreclosure growth rate and stabilizing home prices. If this happens, there will be good investment opportunities for buyers and investors who will be lucky enough to grab great foreclosure homes.

If you are still unfamiliar with foreclosure investing, it is probably the right time to get to know this particular field of real estate investment.

For starters, foreclosures are properties repossessed from their owners due to mortgage default. Initially, the distressed property will be sold in a foreclosure auction where buyers will try to outbid each other. Foreclosed properties that were not sold in these foreclosure sales will be reverted back to the mortgage holders, usually banks. Hence, they become bank foreclosures.

Based on this description, buyers and investors have three opportunities to purchase these foreclosure houses. First - as pre-foreclosures or before they are auctioned off. Second – as foreclosures at auctions and third – as real estate owned properties or bank foreclosures.

It is important for buyers and investors to understand the entire foreclosure process in order to make the right investment decision. Each state has actually different foreclosure laws and it will benefit you substantially if you try and learn about them before considering foreclosure investing.

Aside from this, you should also understand that foreclosure homes are sold “as is”. This means that you can expect some of these repossessed properties to be abandoned, neglected and in worse cases, vandalized. For this reason, you should set aside a budget for repair or renovation whether you are considering buying the property for yourself or for flipping.

In any case, foreclosure investing is not for the faint of heart. Just like in any form of investment, there are risks that you will have to manage. Some buyers and investors take into consideration the market conditions, both locally and nationally before making the decision to purchase.
Cassiano Travareli has been educated in the finer points of the foreclosures market over 5 years.

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