Many first time home buyers want to buy a home for less than market price, so they start searching for properties from foreclosure home listings. There is a misconception due to TV ads that you can buy foreclosure homes for almost nothing, which isn’t true; however buying a foreclosure home can be affordable. It is possible to get a zero down payment through some lenders; they offer zero down to sell the property faster, to recoup their investment.
Should you be interested in buying a foreclosure home, foreclosure home listings are available at any bank’s REO (real estate owned) department. To be one of the first the find a new property that has just been added to the foreclosure home listings, your best option is to contact a real estate agent that specializes in foreclosure properties.
A real estate list agent is the first to receive foreclosure home listings from the REO department. You can drive around looking for foreclosure properties, and you can check the classified ads in the paper, but hundreds of people are probably reading that same ad; therefore, an agent will be your best bet at getting a good foreclosure home. An agent will send foreclosure home listings to your email, if you ask them to; this is good because you will stay up to date with the newest entries.
When you find a home that interests you on the foreclosure home listings, you will need to ride out to the property to take a look at it. You will have to decide if the home will meet your needs. When examining the home, you need to have a notebook, pen, camera, and tape measure with you. You will need to note the condition of the home, and if there is any structural damage. Taking photos of the house and the surroundings with help you to recall each house you visit, so you can make an informed choice.
If you are a veteran you may be able to get a VA loan with zero money down. FHA also offers loans at no money down. By not paying a down payment it makes it easier for you to afford the home, but the interest rate will be from 0.5 to 1.0 percent higher than a loan where you put up a down payment. Over the term of the loan, that small interest rate increase will add to the overall cost of the home, but it may be the best option for some buyers.
Foreclosure home listings include strict, as well as judicial foreclosures. Whether you want to buy the home from the bank or purchase one at auction, staying on top of the foreclosure home market is the best way to find the house you have always wanted.