Finding Investors for Homes in Foreclosure

By: Jonathan Heusman

Finding investors for a home that is in foreclosure should not be difficult in theory - inexpensive prices, quick sales - why are investors so hesitant to invest in foreclosure properties? Here are some things that you should know when searching for investors to purchase your first investment foreclosure property. Keep in mind that investors come at a cost, the only investors that are free of interest rates, charges or fees are most often friends and family.

Consider searching for investors through a private investor site. These are available if you search the internet, and come at cheaper interest rates than the traditional methods. Many real estate professionals seeking investors are using the internet as a valuable tool to search for investors, join investor and investment pairing websites, this strong internet marketing campaign has been a success for many. Often, at minimal cost, full features are available to take advantage of the vastness of the internet.

A well designed site can not only attract real estate investors but also those sellers facing foreclosure. This powerful tool will create a strong internet marketing campaign and can demonstrate immense professional images for the business. Many small companies are choosing to create an internet presence and enhance the legitimacy of their companies.

Investing with family and friends in a rental property, a real-estate flip, or an investment for the future can be a great way to share the profits, and the work involved in the renovations. This way, profits are shared within a group of people that have ties with each other. Family investment groups are growing in popularity. Investing with family has the benefits of no interest charges, or fees if the buyer is borrowing the money - with the intention to repay within a set amount of time but can put strain upon the relationship should one side of the relationship not fulfill their end of the contract.

A more traditional method to finance your real estate investment, and finance a foreclosure is through a hard-money lender. The hard-money lender will generally charge a percentage of the amount borrowed - rather than an interest rate, or what is known as points. Six points would be six percent of the transaction, in where each percent represented one percent. Therefore, if you borrowed $100,000, at 6 points, that would be $6000. Many of these lenders will charge merely the interest and they get the principal back in full. Interest rates can be higher (up to twenty percent) and terms are shorter - but if you are looking for a guaranteed route to finance the foreclosed home, than this may be an option to consider.

All of these ways may yield positive outcomes for the investor, and the homeowner. It is important to maintain open, ethical, and legally binding contracts with investors. Ensure that investors are kept up to date on progress if they choose, and determine the type of relationship that will exist, as well as the input that will be allowed before any investment capital is accepted.

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