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An Edge in Foreclosed Home Search

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By : John Cutts    99 or more times read
The process of foreclosed home search may be confusing and complicated for some but for others, it is just a walk in the park. Many homebuyers have used Internet home searches to gain enough information, such as prices, neighborhoods, schools and transportation that they could use when negotiating for foreclosure properties to buy.

These homebuyers typically spent an average of 16 weeks browsing the Internet at the comfort of their office or homes before finally deciding on prospective properties to buy. Gone are the days when potential homebuyers spend several weeks riding around a real estate agent’s sports utility vehicle to see several potential properties to buy.

According to market data, 84 percent of homebuyers are using the Internet for property hunting. These prospective homebuyers took it upon themselves to gather pertinent information formerly done by real estate agents who get a 6 percent commission from the sales price.

With just a few clicks of their fingertips, homebuyers can access Web sites that could allow them to browse foreclosure properties for sale, find out about a property’s transaction history, compare area values and tax background. They could also see aerial photographs of the properties for sale.

The convenience brought about by Internet searches has raised speculations on the future of about 519,000 agents and brokers in California and opened a debate about their exorbitant commissions.

Some online brokerage companies who are trying to compete in the market have decided to restructure the pay structure of agents to boost their business. Some are trying to simplify online home buying by making it cheaper to purchase and sell.

Some Web sites that offer foreclosure homes for sale contain blogs which interested buyers try to follow. According to industry experts, the Internet has helped reduced homebuyers’ dependence on agents. But they noted that many homebuyers who used Internet searches to locate properties that suit their requirements took a lot longer to make a buying decision.

Experts speculate that homebuyers who used Internet searches took a long time to make a buying decision because of the huge volume of foreclosure properties that they could access. Furthermore, Web sites update their listings of foreclosed houses for sale daily, making potential buyers delay making a decision in the event that a much better property will be available tomorrow.
John Cutts has been educated in the finer points of the foreclosure market over 5 years.

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