Buying a foreclosed property in Washington, DC and the surrounding area can be different than buying other types of real estate.
In many cases you will be able to get a fantastic deal on a home, but you will need to go through quite a bit of work and negotiation.
Here are four tips to help you navigate the foreclosure buying process:
The first thing to keep in mind is that your real estate broker will deal directly with the bank that owns the foreclosed property.
The bank has the final say in whether they'll accept your bid - so you want an agent who has developed a good relationship with them.
Sometimes the tiny price tag on a foreclosed property can be very tempting, but make sure you are asking questions about the value and the potential expenses of the house.
Will it require extensive repairs?
Will you be able to find a tenant?
Does the property have potential for appreciation over time?
If the previous owners were foreclosed on because they couldn't make their mortgage payments, it's possible they didn't have enough money to give the home the proper maintenance it needed.
Make sure you have the property inspected by a professional to spot any problems.
Take extra care if the house has been empty for a while, as there could be problems with plumbing, insects or mold.
Keep in mind that many owners were forced out of their property by the bank, so they might have removed as many appliances, light fixtures and other items as they could which usually means the house is stripped bare.
The previous owners might have been angry and felt justified in damaging the property.
Make sure to do a thorough inspection to find out what appliances you'll need to buy and messes you'll need to clean up.
If you are considering buying a home in foreclosure, you could possibly get a great deal on a house with a lot of potential.
Make sure you follow these tips and contact your licensed and trusted real estate professional for more information about buying a foreclosed property.