Ohio Foreclosure Listings Booming, it May be Time to Invest!

By: Bob Smith

The unemployment rate and foreclosure rate are both at all time highs in Ohio. This makes the housing market a prime target to grab some incredible deals. At this time, incredible real estate can be grabbed for a fraction of the cost, sometimes up to 50% off its appraised value.

If you are in the market for some real estate, start your search with an Ohio foreclosure listing service. Finding these services on the internet is quick and easy as any search engine will give you tons of findings. Additional ways to find property in foreclosure is to scout newspapers, research court records and to contact area lenders. By far, however, using the internet to find a foreclosure listing service will most likely yield you the quickest results.

A good foreclosure listing service should be able to provide to you a great deal of information. Including contact information, full address, cost, auction dates (if any).

This information will be a huge start to your own research. Your research should include contact with the lender or current owner, viewing the property (if possible) and getting an independent appraisal.

Ohio reports that recently appraisers have been pressured by area lenders to over-value properties. In June 2007, the state of Ohio has sued 10 real estate companies for tactics used with appraisers which caused overinflated values to the properties. This activity is fraud and is illegal in Ohio as well as many other states. Ohio has alerted the country to fraudulent activity in the real estate market. Investigation are ongoing not only in Ohio but across the country. It is very important that you find an honest appraiser and have any property you are interested in valued by a reliable, independent appraiser.

With numerouses properties in any of the several stages of foreclosure or preforeclosure, you should have no trouble finding a property which will not only delight you personally, but prove to be a sound investment opportunity for you financially. Be sure to start your search for real estate property deals by subscribing to a Ohio foreclosure listing. Do your research and get prequalified for a new loan. Get an independent appraisal of the home as well as the area. Negotiate fairly and you should find yourself the new owner of a great Ohio real estate investment.

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