Syracuse Utah Foreclosures
In Syracuse, there are different stages of the foreclosure process that present different opportunites and challenges for buyers and real estate investors to purchase foreclosured properties.
Here is a brief summary of the different foreclosure stages, and how you as a buyer must go about finding and investing in Syracuse foreclosures during the different stages of the foreclosure process..
The pre-foreclosure stage begins when home owners receive a "notice of default". In Syracuse, a notice of default is usually received after about four missed mortgage payments. The owners usually have about three months before the foreclosure auction to find a way to make up the missing payments and bring the loan current. However, usually they are monetarily unable to do such. If they had the money, they most likely wouldn't be in default.
Many Syracuse preforeclosures are for sale and are listed on the MLS. However, the majority of them are not for sale. Many real estate investors attempt to contact these distressed owners, and offer to purchase their homes below market value to help them avoid foreclosure and preserve their credit.
Syracuse Short Sales
Quite often the owners of the pre-foreclosure homes and condos are upside down. They owe more than the property is worth. It is still possible to purchase these homes. To help avoid foreclosure, banks will often times approve a "short sale." When a Syracuse house is in short sale status, the bank forgives a portion of the debt and sells the home for less than what is owed. For banks, foreclosing is a very expensive process and they are often better off taking a "short sale" than foreclosing. Many Syracuse short sale houses are listed on the MLS. They are noted with a special "SS" mark by the listing.
- Learn more about the Short Sale process and investing in Syracuse Short Sale Homes.
- View Syracuse houses for sale under short sale status.
The Trustee Sale -- Foreclosure Auction
A foreclosure sale, or Trustee auction takes place a the County courthouse. This is a public auction where anyone may bid on the property if you:
- Provide $5,000 certified funds prior to bidding.
- Must pay off the entire purchase price in full within 24 hours.
- Properties sold at the public auctions are sold without warranties. There still may be judgements tied to the property. The properties might even still have residents needing eviction.
Purchasing a property at a Syracuse Trustee Sales can be fairly risky as a lot of the time these homes are purchased "site unseen." Sometimes the homes are on the market and investors can walk through them before the foreclosure auction, but often times they are not. When a distressed home has several loans on it the junior liens will usually get shafted. Syracuse Foreclosure Auction homes can often be purchased at a large discount when there isn't a lot of competition.
- More Information on Syracuse Trustee Sales and Foreclosure Auctions
- View Upcoming Syracuse Trustee Sales Now
Syracuse Utah REO - Bank Owned Homes - Post Foreclosure homes
When nobody bids on a home at a public foreclosure auction, the lender bids on it for the amount owed. This becomes a Real Estate Owned (REO) or bank owned property. The large majority of the time Syracuse REO homes end up listed with a Realtor and are found listed on the MLS. In the MLS notes look the owner will usually be listed as "REO" or "Bank Owned." Banks don't like carrying homes and so usually will price it low to try and sell within tree months. Syracuse REO Homes are sold "as is."
Syracuse HUD Homes
One of the most common phrases associated with foreclosure, is HUD Homes. Syracuse HUD Homes are Bank owned homes that were secured by Government back loans. New HUD homes become available every Friday in Utah. HUD homes can usually be purchased below market value, but they can usually only be purchased by people intendinding to use the property as their personal residence. If a HUD home is on the market for several weeks, the bidding is then opened up to Investors. Once its open to real estate investors, its usually not the greatest deal.
Syracuse Utah HUD Homes
HUD Homes and Foreclosure Houses are usually in pretty beat up condition and require some rehabbing. Not all foreclosures are fixer uppers. Many distressed properties are newer and in very good physical condition.
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Buying a Foreclosure Property Below Market Value: Five Tips from the Pros
House hunting can be a very daunting experience, especially in today's real estate market. Both investors and home buyers have been priced out of the market by escalating costs, and good real estate deals are increasingly difficult to find.
But there are bargains out there, for people who know where to look.
"For people willing to do some homework, the foreclosure market offers some of the best opportunities in real estate today," explains James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer at RealtyTrac, the leading online foreclosure marketplace.
Web-based services such as RealtyTrac give consumers access to foreclosure and pre-foreclosure information that was previously available only to professional real estate brokers and investors. Today, homebuyers can use these services to assist them identify and research potential home purchases, as well as the tools and professional resources they need to help them close the deal.
With interest rates ticking up and ARMs adjusting upward, experts predict an increase in the number of foreclosure properties on the market. RealtyTrac, which provides all the foreclosure data for both MSN House and Home and Yahoo! Real Estate, has already compiled a list of over 550,000 foreclosure properties across the country.
"Foreclosure properties can be a terrific investment, or give home buyers a much more affordable option than traditional properties," notes Saccacio. "But they're not a way to get rich quick, and a foreclosure purchase needs to be approached in an educated, intelligent manner."
Saccacio offers five tips to help you close a deal on a foreclosure property:
1. Learn about the different types of foreclosure properties, and the foreclosure process.
There are three basic types of foreclosure properties, representing different stages in the foreclosure process: notice-of-default (NOD) and notice of trustee sale (NTS), which are both pre-foreclosure properties; and real-estate-owned (REO), a foreclosure property which has been re-purchased by the bank.
For most consumers, buying a pre-foreclosure property from a private homeowner is the best option. It's important that both the buyer and the seller see the situation as a win-win situation, in order to ensure a smooth process. In this case, the seller is able to get out from under a mortgage without destroying their credit rating, the lender is saved the time and expense of foreclosing on the property, and the buyer gets a below-market price on a home.
Foreclosure auction sales are typically the domain of the professional investor. These properties are formally in default, and sold to the highest bidder at an auction. Buyers are required to be physically present at the auction, and must pay 100% of the sale price in cash, on the spot. Though foreclosure auctions can offer significant savings, they are not for the feint of heart or the uninformed. Unless the buyer is already familiar with a particular property, there is usually little time to examine it. And the buyer will be competing against professional investors-and sometimes even the lender-at the auction.
Once the lender officially reclaims a home, it becomes a real-estate-owned property (REO). While REO properties typically offer more time for evaluation and a more standard bank-managed transaction, their prices are usually very close to full retail market value.
2. Secure financing early
It's important for a buyer to be pre-qualified before engaging in discussions with a seller. This ensures that the buyer is in a financial position to purchase the property, and is in the strongest possible position to negotiate. It's best to work with a lender who understands the foreclosure process, and can guide the buyer through certain steps, such as ensuring that a property is FHA-compliant. Another reason to consider pre-qualification is that not all lenders finance foreclosure properties. Having approved financing in-hand makes negotiations with both the seller and the lender easier, and may even make it possible for the buyer to simply cure the default and take over the existing loan to reduce loan processing fees.
3. Engage a real estate agent as a "buyer's representative"
Most people hire a real estate agent to sell their home. These "seller's representatives" are charged with making the sale and negotiating the best deal for their clients. "Buyer's representatives" have the home buyer's interests at heart, and are charged with finding the right property and negotiating the best price for their clients. Picking the right real estate agent will make a buyer's life much easier. There are agents who specialize in the foreclosure market, with specific experience in REO properties. Look for an agent with foreclosure transaction experience, as well as knowledge of local, regional and state laws. But it's also important to consider the agent's knowledge of the area; their ability to close a deal; and their access to other professionals (attorneys, lenders, mortgage and title professionals) to ensure that the buyer is in good hands.
4. Do your homework
Stocks offer higher potential returns for investors than traditional savings programs, but are also riskier. Similarly, purchasing foreclosure properties is somewhat more risky than buying traditional real estate properties, but offer much higher potential savings. With the right examination and due diligence, buyers can significantly reduce the risks. It makes sense to give any property under consideration a thorough examination. Here are eight steps for doing a professional-level exam. CHART: Examination process steps
· Identify desirable neighborhoods - Identify specific neighborhoods where you'd like to live or own a home. This will limit your search to a manageable size for you and your real estate agent, and give your a sense of relative property values.
· Cast a wide net - There are a number of Web-based services that can put hundreds of thousands of foreclosure properties at your fingertips. Since the best savings are often found in pre-foreclosure properties, it's important to check the percentage of pre-foreclosure (vs. REO) properties in any database before subscribing.
· Determine the property value -Look at the original purchase price, and recent comparable property sales to determine the current value of the property.
· Find out the amount in default and the remaining loan balance - In order to determine a reasonable offer price, you'll need to know-at a minimum-how much money it will take just to satisfy the debt to the lender.
· Run a legal investing report - Before purchasing any foreclosure property, make sure it is free and clear of any bankruptcies, tax liens or other financial liabilities.
· Assess the condition of the property- If at all possible, visit the property, ask your realtor's opinion, and review pest and structural reports to make sure that the property is in acceptable condition, or to determine how much of a rehab budget you'll need to build in to your deal.
· Build a positive relationship with the seller - Before purchasing the property, try to make sure that you're entering into a win-win situation with the seller, so that they'll do what they can to make the process easier and leave the property in good condition
· Leverage your timing - Knowing when a property is going to be auctioned gives you an extra bargaining chip when negotiating with the seller or the lender.
5. Make a realistic offer
Despite what you may see on late-night cable TV, investing in foreclosure properties isn't a sure fire "get rich quick" formula. Lenders aren't likely to give properties away, particularly in a real estate market where prices continue to rise. And homeowners in financial distress may be difficult to deal with, particularly early in the foreclosure process. The keys to a successful foreclosure property purchase are diligence and patience. As a rule of thumb, the best savings can be made at the pre-foreclosure stage, where home owners can avoid a foreclosure and lenders can save the time and cost involved in going through the process.
Another critical point in the process is immediately prior to the auction date, when all parties might be most open to a last-minute solution. It's not unusual to save from 10-30% of the market value on a foreclosure property, and certain properties offer savings of 50% or even more. An educated buyer-one who knows how much is owed on the property and what its market value is-can usually come up with a realistic offer; one that offers significant savings, while meeting the requirements of the lender.
Now go out and familiarize yourself with the resources and tools available to take advantage of the opportunities offered by this formerly-hidden real estate market. With the experts pointing toward significant growth in available foreclosure properties, there's never been a better time to line up your resources and get informed.