Susan Ormont - RISK VERSUS REWARD: A SIMPLE GUIDE FOR INVESTING IN REAL ESTATE

(Multiple Listing Service) , I can help by designing a search for desirable properties for you. I can create a search specifically for distressed properties which saves so much time. Also, in addition to our local area MLS, I can look throughout MA and Rhode Island, which helps to expand your search. I can also refer you to Realtors in other states who would be especially good at Investment properties, and we can all work in conjunction.

Foreclosures

According to the 2017 NAR® Investment & Vacation Home Buyers Survey, 18% of investors buy foreclosed homes. In order to purchase these properties, investors must go through auctions. If they’re the highest bidder, they have to pay the full amount at that time. They will then get the trustee’s deed once the sale is complete. Foreclosed properties’ prices are determined differently from other properties. Instead of using what the home is worth, the starting bid includes the following:

• How much is still unpaid on the loan • Interest owed from attorney’s fees • Any costs stemming from the foreclosure process inclouding possible liens

Sometimes, properties don’t even get that starting bid. When this happens, it becomes bank-owned, or Real Estate Owned (REO) property. The loan lender owns the home and will use a real estate agent to try to get it sold. One thing to note is that these properties are sold as-is, so if you’re looking to buy one, that’s something to keep in mind. There are three main ways to find pre-foreclosed homes. The first is to check with the County Clerk at the County Recorder’s Office. There, you can look up Notice of Default (NOD), lis pendens (“an 27

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