Foreclosures: What You Need to Know

February 24, 2015

Roadside signs and online ads can commonly be found stating things like, “We buy houses.” These ads are typically from real estate investors looking to obtain a discounted property, such as a property heading into foreclosure. A foreclosure, often referred to as a REO or bank owned property, is a type of distressed property that has reverted back under the control of the original lender. Real estate investors and discount home buyers often seek out these types of properties as an alternative to paying higher prices on traditional retail properties. In many cases, a foreclosure property will be sold at or below market value. In some situations, however, they will be sold for well above market value. For this and many other reasons, those who are interested in purchasing foreclosure properties should become familiar with the way foreclosures are transacted before attempting to invest large sums of money in this type of asset.Common Types of Foreclosure SalesThere are two primary methods
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November Foreclosure Rates Down, Could This Be A Sign?

December 13, 2008

In November 2008 the foreclosure rate dropped 7 percent. Could this be the beginning of the bottom for foreclosures? Anytime you look at statistics or analyze data you get different answers depending on how much data you look at. In this instance only looking at one month, the month of November would lead you to believe that foreclosures are starting to slow. Look at 3 to 4 months of data and you will find a different answer.

One possibility of the slow down in November is the foreclosure moratorium that Fanni Mae and Freddie Mac have put on repossessions of homes and foreclosures. In an effort to keep more home owners in their homes and slow the foreclosure rate these two, now government owned companies have stopped foreclousre repossessions for a 90 day period.

over 78,000 home owners lost their homes in the month of November. This is an enormous number of people, now out on the street. This is down almost 8 percent from the month of October with over 84,000 home owners loosing their home to foreclosure.

Since the housing market took a steep dive from its peak in August of 2007 over 1 million home owners have lost their house to foreclosure. You can make a claim that many of these people over purchased and that is the reason they are loosing their homes now. The fact is not all of these people can be sub prime mortgage holders and over purchased.

Only the months ahead will let us know if the foreclosures are starting to slow. My opinion is the foreclosure rate will hold steady at an alarming rate until the government can do more to keep people in their homes. When our new american president Barrack Obama takes seat in January lets home real estate is one of the issues he tackles to get our economy back on the right track. 

In the mean time if you own real estate and need to sell your home, I suggest you find a local home buyer in your area. There are still people who are buying new homes, growing their family and starting their life. Everyone wants to own their own home, if not for a long term investment then for comfort.