When an FHA loan goes into default, the government will foreclose on the property. These properties are then the responsibility of HUD (US Department of Housing and Urban Development). These homes are generally listed on government foreclosure listings. Anyone who is in the market to buy a home can benefit from investigating government foreclosure listings. The government views them as a financial burden and wants to be rid of them. Because they are just trying to recover the loss they have on the foreclosure claim, they will generally let these homes be sold for below market value.
These properties are 1-4 unit residential homes and are available for anyone to purchase. Preference is usually given to owner-buyers, those looking to purchase with the intent of living there. However, investors are also considered and can make a large amount of money for a relatively small investment. Many of the homes that are listed on government foreclosure listings need some TLC and updating.