Distressed Properties Explained

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Alternative Buying Options – Is a distressed property right for you?

Distressed sales are a sad fact of the real estate market. While no one wants to see a homeowner lose their home, these properties also present unique opportunities for buyers. To determine whether you are a candidate for such a purchase, it’s important to learn all you can about distressed properties—and to work with a qualified buyer’s representative who can guide you through each step of these complex, non-traditional transactions.

  • Stage 1. Pre-foreclosure

    a period of time that begins with the initial mortgage default and ends when the distressed property is sold.

  • Stage 2. Foreclosure sale

    when the property is auctioned to the highest bidder, someone who also meets the terms of the sale.

  • Stage 3. REO (Real Estate Owned)

    if a foreclosure sale is not successful, property ownership is transferred to the lender.

  • What is a short sale?

    This is a situation in which a seller owes more on their loan than a sale of the property will produce, and they are unable or unwilling to make up the difference at closing. The seller may or may not be in pre-foreclosure. Banks may consider a short sale to a new buyer to reduce their losses.

  • Questions to ask yourself:

    Your buyer’s representative can give you specific guidance based on your situation and the type of distressed property you want to purchase. But for starters, consider these questions:

    • Are you flexible on timing? Can you make a quick decision and/or accommodate months of possible delays?
    • Is your purchase limited by any contingencies, such as needing to sell your current home first?
    • Have you already secured financing?
    • Do you have resources to repair and rehab the property, if needed?
    • If you are buying the property for investment purposes, what is your action plan? Do you intend to rent or resell? Or perhaps inhabit the property until market conditions improve?


  • Next Steps

    Your buyer’s representative can assist you further in answering these and other questions which will help you determine whether this path to homeownership is right for you.

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