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How to Buy Bank Owned Homes for Sale: A Guide

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By : John Cutts    99 or more times read
If you're curious about how to buy bank owned homes, you probably already know about the savings that bank owned properties can provide. Sold as a result of a repossession by a bank, bank owned homes can often be purchased for anywhere from 10% to 50% below what they would normally sell for. The bank undersells the property in order to get it off their hands, and the buyer stands to benefit.

Generally, if you want to buy bank properties, you have to visit the bank and approach them to see what they have available. However, this process can be time consuming, and so many buyers choose instead to consult a multiple listings service (MLS) that specializes in foreclosure properties. An MLS can be extremely helpful, because instead of searching for home available from a particular bank, you can find bank owned real estate in a particular region. Viewing listings by location is much easier, because then you can see where the properties are, get an idea of what they are selling for and find out what kind of condition they are in all before consulting a bank. It's a great way to preview a property and weed out bank owned homes that don't suit your needs quickly and effectively.

Once you've found something that interests you, consult the bank and schedule a viewing. If you like what you see and want to pursue the property, be sure to schedule another viewing where you can bring an appraiser. The appraiser will give you an independent assessment of the home's value, and also be able to clue you in to any repairs or remodeling the home might need. These are costs you have to consider, as they can weigh heavily on the big picture value of a bank owned property.

Finally, once you've got an appraisal, made some calculations, and think the home is a good investment, you can make an offer to the bank. Start low, but show your interest. The bank is usually very willing to negotiate, as again, they are trying to get this home off their hands.

Finding bank owned homes for sale is easier these days than it was in the past, and that's helped a lot of people to learn more about how valuable they can be. Consult an MLS today to find bank owned homes for sale in your town!
John Cutts has been educated in the finer points of the foreclosure market over 5 years.

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