If you are in the market to purchase a home at a reduced price, then you have a real good chance at getting one if it is a Bank-Owned home. You can visit my slide cast to just get a quick inside look at how to get a Bank-Owned home or REO.
Not that it matters terribly what I think, but for the sake of argument, I think that I would never have seen a market such as this one. There are REO's everywhere and what is more puzzling is that most people do not know how to buy one. Banks have made it harder than you think.
REO Buying 101 would have to include just a few things:
- Include wording in the offer that says that your offer is the highest and best that you can do--when it comes to an REO, banks do not want to waist time with a counter offer on your offer to purchase. So, make it a good one the first time around.
- It should be an "As Is" deal or what they now call "As Disclosed."--As Is does not mean you are stuck with a lemon if you find out anything is wrong with the property. It simply means the seller is "preconditioned" not to have to fix anything that is known or discovered as damaged in the escrow process.
- Be cash or close to it--Your offer must have an approval letter from a major bank, not a mortgage broker. I am a mortgage broker, and although it hurts a bit to hear that, I understand. They want the approval from the horse's mouth.
- Clean it up--watch out for pesky, "seller pays this and seller pays that." You will be in competition with many other buyers who want that house too. Be careful so as not to appear as a nickel and dimer. The bank will not see the offer in the best light if you appear that way.
There is a bit more to it than that, but the above 4 items are a good start in understanding what the bank wants. Want more? Contact me direct and make an appointment. There is real estate to be had.
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By Jeff Pereyda
By Jeff Pereyda