What Should I Know About Buying A Foreclosed Home?

Buying a foreclosed property can be difficult to you if at all you are not a professional real estate investor. This is because you might not know whether the foreclosed homes have damages that will see you spend all your savings. Apart from eating up all your money, foreclosed homes can cost you a lot of time too. Here are some of the things you need to know when buying a foreclosed home.

1.You can buy foreclosures in either of two ways

There are two main ways in which you can buy foreclosures. In the first one, the lender auctions off homes after the owners of the homes stop paying their mortgages. The property is later sold at the public auctions. The second way is to buy a property after a certain bank takes ownership of the house. The property is then listed and sold by the real estate agents. The second method is mostly used by the buyers who are not professional real estate investors.

  1. Buying at auction is not easy

Usually, buying a foreclosure at a real estate auction in Bergen County is not very easy as most people think. Buying at auction first means that one has to outbid the experienced professional real estate investors. You will also need to pay for the foreclosed home with cash and not by any other form of payment. This proves to be difficult because not many people have a lot of money. Buying at auction can cost $200,000 or more.

  1. You will need a home inspection

It is recommended that you first perform a home inspection before buying a foreclosed home that is owned by a bank. This is because most homes need massive repairs. You will be able to find these problems and they will be rectified before you close the deal. Finding these repairs will also help you when bargaining for the foreclosed homes. However, in a foreclosed home bought at auction, you cannot perform a home inspection before you close your sale.

  1. Buying bank owned foreclosures is easier

A bank owned foreclosure is where a bank sells the house and hires a real estate agent to close the sale. In this type of foreclosure, you can buy the property by making an offer just like the other types of home sale. The real estate agent who represents the bank takes your offer and presents it to the bank and brings you the feedback.


Today in Bergenfield city, in the housing market, foreclosed homes are the perfect way to come to a great deal. These homes are usually given with some discount because they require repairs. This is why you need to first carry out a home inspection so that you find the areas that need repair. Repairs will help you bargain on the price of the foreclosed home with the bank. The bank is the seller.

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