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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