By now of course you know foreclosures are at an all-time high in our country. Nevertheless it is another Real Estate Investing niche that has given many people great potential for making money.
One of the most important things to remember about foreclosure investing is that there are many details to consider. It is not difficult, per se, and once you become familiar with all of the small details you can achieve success in no time at all.
The first thing you need to know about foreclosure investing is how it works.
Basically, a foreclosure is a property that the bank owns due to the fact that the owner of the property neglected to follow the terms and conditions of his/her mortgage, which usually means a failure pay his or her mortgage. In turn, the bank that owns these properties is forced to sell them back to the public in order to recover the money that they lost.
And to go along with this, the bank often attempts to sell foreclosures quickly because they are not making any money by holding onto them. All of this works out to the advantage of a foreclosure investor.
Because homeowners have heard or read about the profit potential, most people facing foreclosure will usually try every option available before selling to a Real Estate Investor. Let’s face it, they know that as Real Estate Investors we are only going to offer a certain percentage of what the property is worth on the open market, but look at the alternative.
The home will be auctioned off. The homeowner will get nothing in terms of money, will lose all of their equity in the house, and have a foreclosure on their credit report. This will probably prevent the homeowner from being able to qualify for another loan for several years.
Depending on the situation the Real Estate Investor, in exchange for control of the property may offer the homeowner a cash payment, make up the missed mortgage payments, and pay all of the penalties and legal costs that have accumulated. In essence the property is brought to a current status and the foreclosure process is effectively stopped.
Real Estate Investors have really helped homeowners in this situation whether they realize and appreciate it or not.
So our job is to find homeowners who are facing foreclosure and either pass on or work the lead to see if we can buy the property. The main thing that makes the foreclosure process very complicated is that it varies from state to state.