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August 14, 2009
Bank owned refers to real estate that has been repossessed by the bank because the borrower was unable to maintain their mortgage payments. Bank owned real estate is oftentimes referred to as real estate owned or REO properties.
Bank owned real estate is foreclosure property which did not sell at auction. Once property has been foreclosed it is first place for sale through public auction. If no acceptable bids are placed, the property is returned to the bank. At this point, it becomes the mortgage lender's responsibility to maintain the property until sold.