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Real Estate Foreclosure Investing is it a good deal anymore? What you need to know!

Real estate foreclosure rates have skyrocketed to unprecedented numbers and created a devastating economic fall-out. Real estate foreclosure isn't limited to homeowners. It also affects real estate investors, business and cooperative programs, farmers, business owners, banks and lending institutions.

Real estate foreclosure can be devastating to anyone facing the loss of their property. However, there are solutions available to individuals who have become delinquent on their mortgage payments. While these solutions may or may not allow the Borrower to retain their property, they can ease the financial burden and lessen the pain of the foreclosure process.

There are three stages of real estate foreclosure: pre-foreclosure, foreclosure and post foreclosure.

Pre-foreclosure is the stage where Borrower's have an opportunity to renegotiate their loan. This might be accomplished through a Forbearance Agreement or Loan Modification.

Foreclosure is the active process of the bank repossessing the property. During this stage, Borrowers have the opportunity to apply for a Short Sale or Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure.

Post Foreclosure is the stage where the lender takes possession of the real estate and places it for sale at auction. If no qualified bids are placed on the property at auction, it is returned to the bank and becomes Real Estate Owned (REO) property.

Real estate foreclosure is handled through the bank's Loss Mitigation department. This department works with individuals who are facing foreclosure. Their role is to help distressed Borrowers develop a plan to save their real estate from foreclosure. They also work with real estate investors interested in purchasing REO properties.

Real estate foreclosures can be a dream come true for investors, but they aren't without risk. It's important to understand the difference between short sales, foreclosure and real estate owned properties. Each comes with its own set of pros and cons.

Purchasing distressed properties from private real estate investors is an excellent way to achieve instant equity, even in today's unstable market. The key is to seek out investors who specialize in purchasing REO bank portfolios. These savvy investors purchase real estate in bulk at wholesale pricing. Doing so allows them to resell the property under market value and still earn a profit.

It is still possible to obtain the American dream of home ownership. Real estate foreclosures provide plenty of opportunities for great deals. All that is required to find them is patience and time.

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Published on July 20, 2008 at 05:18 PM | Comments: 3

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Nice article about foreclosures and pre-foreclosures. I am looking for information about MALLORCA property for sale can you tell me if there are distressed properties in Mallorca Spain and if there is how do I find it. Do I go to a developer or direct to the bank and talk to the asset manger.



It`s an interesting article indeed. I do think that in most cases, the foreclosure and the following auction are a good way for an experienced investor to gain new property. Just this morning I read an article on some condos being sold in an auction, one for 65% of its listed value. I deal mainly with Toronto condos and I`ve seen some of them being sold for scratch. But the risks are important too. If you are buying a property like this, try to find out, what is the reason for it being like this. And if you`re unexperienced, find someone to help you.

Toronto real estate agent | July 21, 2008 4:44 AM


REO's are a good investment, as long as you aren't caught in a bidding war.

Susan | July 21, 2008 9:26 PM


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