How To Sift Through The Flood of Foreclosures

All around you signs are popping up that show your neighbors houses, and those of others not so far away that are being foreclosed. Under ideal circumstances you would have been surprised at the number of distressed properties there are in your neighborhood, but these are extra-ordinary circumstances. The real estate market had suffered a major hit and not all neighborhoods have recovered from the devastating effects of the housing crisis. As you watched your neighbors move out, you wonder whether you should take a chance and buy into homes that are foreclosed, just for the investment. The reality is, purchasing foreclosed properties is not for the faint heart nor the novice.

Boston Apartments
Boston Apartments

It is easier now to find distressed properties all over the country, just do a search online and you will be flooded with tons of foreclosed properties. One useful source of this information is the multiple listing service MLS listings MA that will also include such foreclosed properties you can select from. Not every distressed property, however, is a steal as you may discover that many of them are nightmares just waiting for inexperienced buyers to take them. You may be alarmed to discover just how terrible the conditions of many of these properties are because of neglect, destruction, and plain sabotage. There are, therefore, a few things to be aware of if you are seeking foreclosed properties to buy.

Boston Apartments
Boston Apartments

It is important to do your research before making an offer on a foreclosed property or one offered as a short sale. Things to watch out for include the actual status of the seller’s mortgage with the lending institution. This is particularly important for short sales as lenders typically offer such properties on a discount just to clear the mortgage balance. If you do not know how much that is, you may make an offer that does not fully clear obligations, which can be harmful in cases where there are two loans against the same property. Also be aware of the condition of the property being sold. Vandalism and other destruction may affect the final price of the property and you would have to be mindful of the amount of work you would need to do to meet municipal regulations, and restore the home to habitable status. Check also the neighborhood in which the distressed property is located so that the next time you browse Boston apartment listings, for example, you would need to look closely at the location to determine whether the foreclosed property is really worth it.

Boston Apartments
Boston Apartments

When buying a foreclosed property it is also a good idea to rely on experienced real estate brokers to navigate the intricacies of this market for you. No use exposing yourself to the hazards of purchasing the wrong foreclosed unit no matter how attractive the price may be. Some of the hazards include having to deal with existing occupants, who you are responsible to evict. These persons may even be squatters who are often hostile to any effort toward eviction. You will also have to be alert to properties that are not available for inspection. This is a red flag as often these properties are either occupied by tenants who are in default of their rents, or are in dubious neighborhoods. Simply avoid these and move on to other more accessible properties.

Please contact If you looking for a Boston apartments for sale or if your looking for a real estate jobs in boston that has the potential to make over 150k+ your 1st year. Thank you for reading and please let us know if you like to read more about homes for sale Brighton MA.

Please note the content is not intended to be, legal or investment advice. You should consult a licensed attorney or realtor for advice regarding your individual situation.


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