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Investing in a house from the foreclosure list can be a great way to buy a property or investment property at a huge discount! Largely this is because of lack of knowledge about the process or fear from misinformation they may have heard about buying a foreclosure. Foreclosuresearch.ca is a fantastic resource to learn all about the foreclosure market and how best to work out a deal that suits your unique needs.

How can I find Courtenay bank foreclosures?

I use Foreclosuresearch.ca for my foreclosure needs because it is a one stop shop so to speak for learning about the market and the Courtenay foreclosures process as well as lists of available properties in Courtenay British Columbia with photos and descriptions.

This saves me a bunch of time and effort. I don’t have to search the internet for hours looking at different Realtors websites combing through houses that are certainly not foreclosures or don’t fit what I am looking for.

Even many Realtors have started to use their website to find the absolute BEST deal for their clients! If a real estate professional believes in www.foreclosuresearch.ca, then I know I made the right move.

Other options for finding foreclosed residential or commercial properties in Courtenay is to speak to your local bank to see if they are holding properties in their portfolio or to contact a local Realtor that concentrates in foreclosure listings. Many Realtors will list which ever property they can get their hands on but they may not be well versed in the foreclosure buying process so you need to be enlightened before going in.

How to buy a foreclosed house with bad credit

Let me start off by saying that investing in a foreclosed house in Courtenay with bad credit is possible!

You have the option to buy a house for cash at a real estate auction. Then your credit doesn’t play a factor at all because you are not obtaining a loan. Not everyone has this sort of money lying around though so lets think about other options.

Research federal home buying programs. After the global economic crisis the last couple of years, banks have started to loosen up their lending requirements again at the prompting of governments to allow homebuyers the possibility of experiencing homeownership. There are many programs offered again to help those with low incomes or inadequate credit to buy homes. Your local housing authority agency should be able to help if you don’t find what you need on the net.

Search for properties in your area and search for loans with low down payments. Save up money for your down payment but expect to pay a slightly higher interest rate due to your lower credit score. You should be able to refinance in a couple of years after making on time payments to acquire a lower rate.

 

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Tips on how to buy a foreclosed condo in Courtenay, BC

The initial step is to get pre approved for a mortgage through a bank of your choosing or scrape together enough money to buy a house through an auction for all cash.

Next, find condos in Courtenay, BC that you are interest in. I use Foreclosuresearch.ca for this.

Find a Realtor that focuses in Courtenay foreclosures and will be able to help you through the process of buying.

If you have questions about the process, I would consider consulting with a real estate or foreclosure attorney before purchasing to make sure you understand the process and the complexities of investing in foreclosed properties.

Something that ought to be considered before you buy is that some foreclosure properties are not open to having a home inspection done before buying and/or the bank that owns the property may not be willing to make any repairs. This could end up costing you some money to make the repairs after buying. This is the only problem in my opinion when buying foreclosed homes

How long does it take to buy a Courtenay foreclosure or distress sale?

This hinges on how you are buying the property. Properties that are obtained in cash at an auction are turned over within a week or two maximum depending upon how long it takes your funds to move to the bank and the title to be completed. Personally, I have had properties to me within three days in most cases.

If you are purchasing a property through a mortgage then the closing process takes a little bit longer. My practical experience has been about thirty days to closing, which is pretty standard when purchasing a property. The key is to get your down payment to the bank quickly and arrange monies to pay for your closing costs. Any paperwork that the bank sends you must be filled out right away and sent back to expedite the process.
Are there reasons not to buy a bank foreclosure?

Foreclosed houses are usually sold “as is,” suggesting the bank is not willing to make any repairs before selling the property. This means that any repairs could fall back upon the new owner to deal with. Sometimes the repairs are minor and other times they are serious.

Often a foreclosed property has sat vacant for some time so maintenance has been shruged off and will need to be looked after immediately.

Sometimes, just because the title has transferred to a new owner doesn’t mean that all concerns have gone away. This is the importance of having a title search done well before buying a property due to the fact that liens or lawsuits could be attached to the property and you could inherit them without realizing it.

How to negotiate for bank owned homes.

Diligence is key here! The bank is in business to make money so they will be trying to get the greatest price for the house that they can.

Dealing with banks is an automated process and usually handled by computer systems and not actual people. This can be annoying for you the buyer but it is what it is. At some point if you are persistent the bank will very likely cave if they have no other offers because they realize they need to transfer the property quickly.

Are bank owned homes ideal or bad? This entirely relies on your objectives and the risk level that you are willing to accept. If you are able to take on the potential repairs yourself and not expect the bank to pay for them then this is a good deal! Don't forget to do your due diligence on foreclosures and on your residential property before buying to know clearly what you are getting into.