Banked-owned properties, foreclosures and REO (Real Estate
Owned) homes are increasingly popular terms in the news and on the lips of
potential home buyers in Spokane, Washington. It matters little whether you are
a first-time homebuyer or an expert Spokane real
estate investor; almost every home buyer understands value and equity can be
purchased in a down market with properties priced below market value due to
circumstances surrounding the sale.
Bank-owned homes are increasingly widespread in Spokane
these days in the current economic downturn. The recession with its accompanying
unemployment make it impossible for some to stay current on their mortgage
payments. Bank foreclosures occur when a homeowner continuously fails to make
mortgage payments for a house because of reasons like loss of income due to
layoffs, medical illness and a myriad of other personal reasons.
Spokane bank-owned homes have become a quite popular investment target among
the potential homebuyers because of their typically discounted prices which can
be significantly lower than current market value. This is due to the economic
laws of supply and demand, currently there are many more sellers trying to
unload bank-owned properties than there are qualified buyers with cash or the
availability of credit to obtain a mortgage.
A home buyer can learn a lot about the buying of Spokane
foreclosure properties by working with a Realtor who specializes in the
homes in Spokane. Specifically, they can learn to deal effectively with the
various short-sale, auction and foreclosure sale processes along with various
payment options. Spokane
Realtors like me also have special resources available to search the Spokane MLS
for bank-owned properties.
Home-buyers interested in purchasing a REO property should prepare with
patience as purchasing a bank-owned home can be frustratingly slow due to the
bureaucracy and red tape internal in the bank's real estate departments. Bank
managers often operate in their own time-line and must deal with multiple layers
of review and management oversight. What seems obvious and logical to a buyer
has a completely different perspective to the bank and response times can be
Due diligence is always necessary when pursuing a bank-owned property. It is
always important to enquire about the condition of the foreclosed homes before
signing any purchase documents. One great option for protecting your interests
is to stipulate a home inspection contingency. This allows you to hire a
professional home inspector to conduct a complete inspection, top-to-bottom
checking the material condition of the home for deferred maintenance along with
obvious and latent defects. If the home does not meet your expectations you can
then rescind the purchase easily. It is not wise to purchase a bank-owned home
at a discount only to later discover large amounts of required repairs.
As with the purchase of any property, home-buyers should arrange for
financing before commencing home shopping. With today's very low prices it is
too easy to fall in love with a great deal only to lose out to a better prepared
buyer. Contact me
to start searching for the best bank-owned homes but also work with your lender
and get your mortgage approved before starting to make purchase offers.