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Using a Foreclosure Listing Database

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By : Karim El Sheikh    99 or more times read
Maybe you donít know what a foreclosure listing database is and/or where you can find more information about these equity-laden real estate investments.

Fear not: Weíre here to guide you through the finer points of looking at a foreclosure listing and understanding more about the many reasons buying a foreclosed house could be an excellent decision for you and your family.

A foreclosure listing database is essentially what it sounds like Ė a collection and/or list of foreclosed homes for sale. These are homes that the previous owners defaulted on their mortgages and lost their homes as a result.

After a house goes through the foreclosure process, it officially becomes the property of the bank or lending institution that supplied the original mortgage. The thing is that banks and lending institutions arenít too thrilled about repossessing a house. Thatís because if a bank or a lending institution has to deal with property it means that they must pay the property taxes on the house, as well as suffer the losses incurred to carry the home until new buyers are found.

This means that banks and lending institutions are eager to get these properties off their hands as soon as possible, and are looking for buyers just as eagerly as buyers are looking for cheap properties.

If a property does not sell and the bank or lending institution gets desperate to move the property off its hands, itís common to put the property up for auction. In this exchange, the property goes up on the block like anything else in an auction, and the lending institution or bank usually ends up taking a major hit on the price of the house.

For example, itís pretty regular that a property up for auction thatís been foreclosed upon will sell for as much as 50 percent or more LESS THAN regular market value.

Thatís an incredibly good deal for most buyers!

The catch is that often you wonít be allowed to do a home inspection before purchasing a foreclosed house up for auction. And, generally, since these houses were hard to move for the bank or lending institution even at a regular foreclosure rate, thereís probably a reason the property ended up at auction.

However, if you donít mind a little bit of hard work and you know your way around a saw or too, foreclosure auctions are often a great way to save money and personalize your house at the same time.

But if an auction is not involved, a foreclosed home ends up in a foreclosure listing database, where prospective buyers can take a look at the properties that are up for sale and see what they might like to buy. A great place to look at foreclosure listings is online, where there are thousands of listings up to see for all different regions of the United States. Other good resources may be your city hall, or local banks and lending institutions.

Either way, if you want to buy a foreclosed house, be sure to find a reliable foreclosure listing! is one of the first foreclosure listing websites to be on the web. Find foreclosed homes, preforeclosures, short sales, and more.

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