official notice to the public that a lawsuit involving a claim on a property has been filed,” as defined on Investopedia), or Notice of Sale public records. There’s also a good possibility that you’ll find properties that aren’t yet online. This type of research is done by the Investor, not the Realtor, because it fits under the category of doing your own due diligence. Speaking of online, that’s another good way to find properties. There are national and regional listing services. Most have a weekly fee but offer a free trial so you can get a “feel” for them and how they work. I suggest taking them for a trial run so you can see which site or sites best fit your needs. You’ll likely find out all the important details, including name, address, amount owed, and outstanding loans. Sometimes you’ll even find contact phone numbers. Usually closings may take much longer in this situation. These listing services may also have REO properties, but don’t let that be a factor in deciding which sites to use, as most of these properties will already be listed on their lender’s (e.g., bank’s) website, which you can access for free. The third option is to look through newspapers and business journals. This is because when a foreclosure is filed, the Notice of Sale has to be published. You can look in the Public Notice section for trustee sales to find these notices.

REO/Bank-Owned Properties

The main advantages of buying REO properties is that you can get them at below market value without having to worry about unpaid taxes or liens. The downside is that it can be an intense process to buy one of these properties, but the ultimate profit is usually worth the effort and much longer closing delays. Earlier, I mentioned these homes tend to be sold as-is. However, buyers are allowed to have an appraisal and inspection done which


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