When looking to purchase a home, a great way to save money is to check out home foreclosure listings. These homes have been repossessed by the bank. The bank sees them as a financial burden and is motivated to to sell and recuperate their investment. Often the banks will agree on a price that is below value, as long as they receive their investment back. Because of this, home buyers have the potential of saving thousands of dollars on their new home. Another benefit to buying below value is that there is immediately equity in the house.
Finding these homes is the most challenging part of the process. Not all of these foreclosed homes are listed on conventional real estate property listings. This is where the home foreclosure listings are helpful. There are two types of home foreclosure listings, free and membership sites.
Membership sites are the most inclusive lists. These sites have listings that are for members only. Because they are sites that have to be paid for to access, they tend to have the most up-to-date information. Most of these sites offer a free trial period. Once the trial period, usually 7 days, has expired, the site charges the monthly rate to the credit card entered upon registering. They also offer weekly subscription rates, for those that only need short term access to home foreclosure listings.
Free home foreclosure listings are available on a variety of different sites. The sites that are maintained by HUD (US Department of Housing and Urban Development) are free sites. These sites are update frequently with extensive information on the available properties. The drawback for these lists is that it only contains the listings for the HUD owned homes. Private bank foreclosures are not listed on these. Finding a home on HUD’s home foreclosure listings can be more financially valuable in that HUD offers further discounted rates for police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and teachers.
Real estate agents that are registered with HUD are able to handle the sale of these foreclosures. Often these agents will also list the foreclosures on their general listings. Although this listing is free, it is often hit or miss when trying to find home foreclosure listings.
Banks and large banking institutions may also have home foreclosure listings that consist of their foreclosures. This is a good option if you are dealing with a local bank that has local properties. While this is a free listing, it is limited to the bank’s specific properties.
Buying a home that has been foreclosed is a great way to save money. The majority of effort is spent finding these homes. Home foreclosure listings are a time saving, valuable resource. Whether you chose to buy a membership to a foreclosure site or chose to access free lists, the information that is available on these lists is imperative to find a foreclosed home to purchase.