New York Foreclosure Homes

By: Bob Smith

New York City is undeniably one of the world's most exciting cities. Alongside its bustling cosmopolitan charm, it is minutes from exceptional New England countryside. No matter where you are in New York, a home or property is extremely valuable. Unfortunately, its price tag will reflect this. What may have been a reasonable reality for your parents; purchasing real estate in New York seems to this generation to be an impossible feat. In the last few decades, New York real estate prices have skyrocketed and you would be lucky to buy yourself a New York camper van on a bus-driver's salary.

There is, actually, an alternative to living in your car in New York. New York foreclosure property is a real way to buy land an incredibly low price. Foreclosure sales occur when a home or landowner is unable to continue to pay off their home loan. Their land is then re-possessed by the bank or lending institution and sold at an auction. While most of the institutions doing the selling are banks, other lenders take on these responsibilities as well.

There are several common types of foreclosures that occur in New York, and one of the more common is a HUD foreclosure. HUD is the government department of Housing and Urban Development that gives out specific types of home loans. The government backs up loans given to what would be considered high-risk lenders. These loans are commonly defaulted on and the government takes responsibility for selling the property; quickly. No institution wants to hold on to a property for long; it is a burden and banks are simply not in the real estate business. It is in the best interest of the lender to get the property off of their hands as quickly as possible, and this tends to make these properties incredibly cheap.

You may have heard mention of these auctions, but most likely have never attended one. This is not surprising. Even though New York foreclosure auctions happen all the time, very few people know about them. Though, legally, all foreclosure auctions must be made known to the public, this rarely happens the way it is supposed to. Simply follow the money and you will find government officials and other well-connected New Yorkers finding incredible bargains on conveniently auctioned foreclosure properties all the time. These foreclosure auction notices are often published in obscure publications hours or minutes before the auction takes place. The fewer bidders at an auction, the lower the price.

Foreclosure real estate, if you can find it, is an excellent way to break into the real estate market. Often these properties are sold "as is" and make great fixer-uppers and quick-flippers. Many people use their first foreclosure home sale as seed money for a real estate enterprise, while others simply purchase a family home that is bigger and better than what they originally believed they could afford. Whatever your reasons and means, foreclosure is a great way to find bargain property in New York.

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