Investing in a house from the foreclosure list can be a great way to buy a home 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 great 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 Esquimalt bank foreclosures?
I use Foreclosuresearch.ca for my foreclosure needs because it is a one stop shop so to speak for education and learning about the market and the Esquimalt foreclosures procedure as well as lists of available properties in Esquimalt British Columbia with photos and descriptions.
This saves me a lot of time and effort. I don’t have to search the internet for many hours looking at different Realtors websites sifting through houses that are definitely 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 depends on www.foreclosuresearch.ca, then I know I made the right choice.
Other options for finding foreclosed properties in Esquimalt is to speak to your local bank to see if they are keeping properties in their portfolio or to contact a local Realtor that specializes 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 purchasing process so you need to be enlightened before going in.
How to buy a foreclosed house with bad credit
Let me begin by saying that shopping for a foreclosed house in Esquimalt with bad credit is entirely possible!
To start with, you have the option to buy a house for cash at a real estate auction. Your credit doesn’t play a factor at all because you are not taking out a loan. Not everyone has this sort of money lying around though so lets consider other options.
Research federal home buying programs. There are many programs in the market again to help those with low salaries or poor credit to buy properties.
Search for residential or commercial properties in your area and try to find loans with low down payments. Save up money for your down payment but expect to pay a somewhat higher interest rate thanks to your lower credit score. You should be able to refinance in a number of years after making on time payments to get a lower rate.
How you can buy a foreclosed condo in Esquimalt, BC
The initial step is to get pre approved for a mortgage through a bank of your choosing or gather enough money to buy a residential or commercial property through an auction for all cash.
Next, find condos in Esquimalt, BC that you are interest in. I use Foreclosuresearch.ca for this.
Find a Realtor that focuses in Esquimalt foreclosures and will be able to help you through the method 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 method and the ramifications of investing in foreclosed properties.
One thing that needs 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 downside in my opinion when buying foreclosed homes
How long does it take to buy a Esquimalt foreclosure or distress sale?
This relies on how you are buying the property. Properties that are bought 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 go to me within three days in most cases.
If you are buying a property through a mortgage then the closing process takes a small amount longer. My experience has been about thirty days to closing, which is pretty normal when purchasing a property. The key is to get your down payment to the bank quickly and line up monies to pay your closing costs. Any paperwork that the bank sends you should be filled out right away and sent back to speed up the process.
Are there reasons not to buy a bank foreclosure?
Foreclosed houses are usually sold “as is,” indicating the bank is not willing to make any repairs before offering the property. This means that any repairs could fall back upon the new owner to correct. Sometimes the repairs are small-scale and other times they are huge.
Often a foreclosed property has sat vacant for a while so maintenance has been neglected and will need to be dealt with immediately.
Sometimes, just because the title has transferred to a new owner doesn’t mean that all problems have passed. This is the significance of having a title search done prior to 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.
Patience is key here! The bank is in business to make money so they will be trying to get the highest possible price for the house that they can.
Keep in mind that working with banks is a mechanical process and usually taken care of by computers and not actual people. This can be annoying for you the buyer but it is what it is. Eventually if you are persistent the bank will very likely cave if they have no other offers because they understand they need to move the property quickly.Are bank owned homes suitable or harmful? This completely depends upon your objectives and the risk level that you are willing to accept. If you are more than willing to take on the potential repairs yourself and not expect the bank to pay for them then this is a great deal! Always remember to do your prep work on foreclosures and on your residential property before buying to know really what you are getting into.