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Foreclosures Open Up Opportunities Just As They Close Them

[Jul 3, 2008.]

 

One growing concern that is on the minds of almost all American home-owners is the looming threat of foreclosure. As the economy continues to struggle with the rising costs of gas and food, and people are afraid of losing their jobs in a market that is seeing some of the highest number of layoffs this century, every individual or family that owns a home is afraid that they'll miss a mortgage payment and end up having to walk away from their home investments.

While some continue to survive amidst these troubling times, others have seen the ax fall on their property loan and they have had no choice but to relinquish their property in order to make ends meet. While these circumstances aren't anything to smile about, there is at least one positive aspect that has some people hopeful that the situation not only possess some value, it may very well present a means by which the economy can turn itself around and get back on track towards prosperity.

In fact, the secret seems to be that a large number of real estate investors are targeting foreclosed homes, and for good reason. These experts believe that while the current foreclosure frenzy is miserable because it causes strife and turmoil for the finances of those suffering from it, the positive aspect of the situation is that the recently relinquished property presents an outstanding value for the cost of purchasing the homes.

These individuals recognize that a good value for buying a home comes from a supply that has outgrown demand. All across America, homes are coming up for sale due to foreclosures, and the situation is creating an issue where the prices of homes already on the market are dropping considerably due to the increased competition presented by these foreclosed homes.

Of course, the issue extends much farther than just the fact that there are more homes looking to be sold. In the current real estate environment, the opportunity to sell a home at optimal value has been greatly reduced, and likewise, when a bank repossesses a home, they're looking to sell the property in order to compensate themselves on the loss they took when handling the home's loan. These two things work together to create a situation that has lenders struggling to reimburse themselves. In essence, they are generally much more willing to sell their properties at huge discounts just to recoup losses.

Although it may not seem like it to those on the receiving end, foreclosures are a time-consuming, laborious, and expensive chore for a lender. When they're offered a quick purchase on the foreclosed property by a prospective buyer, they're usually more than relieved to know that they can wrap up the mess quickly and be done with it, all without having to deal with the added expenses of listing the house for sale.

Keep in mind that with a foreclosure, a lender fully owns the home after repossessing it. That means that the lender, just like the previous owner, has to maintain the property, insure it, and even pay taxes in order to keep it. This means that instead of collecting payments for the home every month, the lender ends up having to make payments on it -- ironic to some, but a grief all the same to those who enacted the foreclosure.

With that said, foreclosures present a bold opportunity to find a home for an outstanding deal, but the considerations remain the same in that you should identify the property for what it's really worth and measure the circumstances against your financial history.

 

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