You can find a lot of pre foreclosure homes in any area of the country these days. They can be a great investment. As with all other investments, you have to assume certain risks when you buy pre foreclosure properties. If you do your research, and know what things you want to avoid and the things you should look for with pre foreclosure homes, you can make a lot of money investing in these types of property and avoid problems that can come up.
Buying pre foreclosure homes
There are several important factors to remember about buying pre foreclosure properties:
1. Location is very important
You do not want to buy pre foreclosure houses no matter how great a deal they are if they are not in a desirable neighborhood that is selling well.
For investors willing to spend the money to keep the property until property values go up, the neighborhood becomes trendy and desirable or the property is potentially bought out for commercial use, location is not so much of an issue.
A lot of pre foreclosure homes are in an area with a high foreclosure rate so you will face stiff competition from other investors trying to do the same thing as you. You cannot make as much of a profit in that situation because of the market saturation.
2. Consider the condition of the home in pre foreclosure
Many pre foreclosure homes are in great condition but all will need at least minor repairs. Homeowners who are facing a foreclosure process probably did not do things like paint, replace carpet, do exterior repairs and other things to bring the market value of the home up since they are going to lose the home anyway.
Some homeowners will go out of their way to destroy the home and cause the investors to have to do a lot of repairs but luckily this does not happen too often.
3. There may be back taxes
Some pre foreclosure homes are not fully paid up on their taxes so investors that take over these homes have to pay the back taxes due in order to clear the title to the homes so they can be released.
It can cost as much as a few thousand dollars to settle the back taxes so you need to be careful. You do not want to have unexpected liens or high back taxes to pay which will reduce your profit.
4. Upgrades may be needed.
When looking for pre foreclosure properties, take into consideration that upgrades that will be needed, especially for older homes, to make them marketable to sell or rent.
If you are going to rent the property, you can get away with painting and replacing carpet only but if you are selling the property, you will need to do more extensive upgrades like window replacement, roof repairs, and
possibly remodel the kitchen and bathrooms in the home.
Whatever work you are able to do, you should so you can spend less on contractors and end up with more
The bottom line before you buy pre foreclosure properties
Before you start buying pre foreclosure homes, become informed by doing your own research, attending a seminar in your area or taking an online class so you know what you are getting into.