Foreclosed Homes Can Make Profitable Investments

By: Thomas Bladecki

Repossessed real estate, also known as a "foreclosure", is often sold at up to half of the market price. This means that there is real potential for huge profits, if handled correctly. Real estate often becomes a foreclosure due to a financial hardship of the homeowners' inability to pay the monthly mortgage payments. Often, this real estate, sold in foreclosure auctions to the highest bidder, can make for a very profitable investment for investors.

Obviously, buying a foreclosure property can bring a substantial financial return or be a huge risk. You need a full understanding of pros and cons of real estate investing prior to making your first purchase. However, as long as you take into account the factors below then you stand a decent chance of making a profit.

Location in real estate is perhaps the biggest factor in deciding its asking price. Investors sometimes prefer to purchase homes that are located near areas where the unemployment rates are low, schools, universities, hospitals and other establishments that make for a prime location for homebuyers. Remember that if you buy foreclosure right, and they are in a popular location you are likely to make a very healthy return on your investment.

Condition of the property will directly affect the profitability of your investment. You will need to employ a professional real estate inspector to ensure the property is structurally sound. Neglecting this step could cost you substantial amount of money, not to mention that the property may be worthless. Foreclosed properties that need a bit of renovation may be an opportunity to cash in. With the money that you save on the purchase, fix the problems and claim the profits once you sell it.

It necessary for you to check the legal documents that describe the ownership of the foreclosed property; "secondary liens" and "adverse claims" need to be addressed. Make sure that you have access to the title deed of the house and that all of the people listed approve of selling this real estate. If you neglect to ensure that the house is legally for sale and has a clean title, you may be burdened by delays.

Here is a helpful hint, finding a real estate agent to assist you in buying foreclosed homes is usually a great start. It is easy to find lists of foreclosed properties through real estate agents although you may have to pay a small subscription fee for some of the information. Additionally, real estate agents are likely to understand the current market conditions, and advise you on which property the property, which may yield the greatest profitability.

Foreclosures
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 

» More on Foreclosures
 



Share this article :
Click to see more related articles