House hunting 101: Tips for buying a foreclosed home

Despite its economic effects, the beleaguered housing market provides everyone a chance at pursuing the American dream. Some homebuyers are taking advantage of the gloomy economic climate by purchasing foreclosed houses at affordable prices which they do so with much keenness and practicality.

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Purchasing a foreclosed home is different from buying a typical resale. It can be a bit of a grind especially for novice buyers who don’t know a thing or two about foreclosed properties. With that in mind, here’s a quick guide to help potential buyers make wise decisions for this type of investment:

• Mind the cost—While most first-time buyers focus on low price ranges, they should also consider the cost of doing necessary repairs, and how much of the expense they could recoup if they decide to resell the house for profit. Those who see the property as a vehicle for a another major investment should brace themselves for the effects of the dicey nature of distressed assets.

• Be informed—Previous owners of the house could be long gone and the lenders most likely know nothing of the current condition or terms of the property. Seek as much as information as possible from reputable foreclosure listing websites like and lending companies, or through private inspection by banks to know if the investment is worth it.

• Evaluate the house in person—Avoid making transactions with a blind eye. If the property is located in another state, buyers should send someone to evaluate the house and check for determining factors such as the neighborhood, landscaping, and winterization.

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Buying a foreclosed property shouldn’t be tackled alone. A trusted realtor could help in choosing the right home so buyers can get the satisfaction of achieving a great bargain while helping to turn a hard-hit neighborhood around. offers realtors and lenders an exclusive opportunity to help buyers find the right property through its comprehensive listing of foreclosed properties owned by the government and major financial institutions. Search foreclosures by zip code on this website.


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