U.S. Foreclosure Listings Basics

Business.com / Business Solutions / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

U.S. foreclosure is a process where a lender takes back the real estate of a nonpaying loan holder. The process often leaves lenders ...

U.S. foreclosure is a process where a lender takes back the real estate of a nonpaying loan holder. The process often leaves lenders with property they do not want. This property is often low-priced since lenders are trying to sell it quickly instead of paying to manage it or maintain it.

Investors looking for a good deal should consider foreclosure properties. Many don't have any major problems since homeowners were recently living in them. Still, doing some research and investing in quality professionals to assist is necessary to turn a profit. When considering listings, keep the following in mind:

1. Choose house foreclosure listings that are current since properties remain on the market a short time in some areas.

2. Know the local foreclosed home listings by networking with trusted real estate agents to locate all properties available.

3. Realize that U.S. foreclosure numbers may not be accurate for local property.

Learn about real estate foreclosures

Take the time to learn the process of foreclosure. Real estate of all types can be foreclosed upon, including commercial and residential. The process releases owners from all rights to the property, legally, but can take six or more months to complete. Once property has a listing for sale by the lender, the original property owners have legal no claim to it.

Find U.S. foreclosure listings

U.S. real estate foreclosures are widely listed in several ways. They are sometimes listed on the Multiple Listing Service that real estate agents use. Third party listing services also provide information on these. Using a variety of sources can help investors find the best property from which to choose.

Seek U.S. foreclosure properties from qualified real estate agents

U.S. bank foreclosure listings and U.S. government foreclosure listings are available through experienced real estate agents. Most bank-owned properties are listed with real estate agents to sell. To purchase government foreclosed properties through auction, investors must work with approved real estate agents. In either case, real estate agents are able to provide excellent resources to aid in the search for quality properties.
U.S. General Services Administration.
  • Monitor the U.S. foreclosure listing providers for authenticity. There is no reason to pay for such listings. They are readily available to investors, without charge, from licensed real estate agents or through online sources. The value of real estate agents is high, especially when learning U.S. foreclosure listing basics.

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