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Buying a house from the foreclosure list can be a great way to buy a home or investment property at a huge savings! 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 Oak Bay bank foreclosures?

I use Foreclosuresearch.ca for my foreclosure needs because it is a one stop shop so to speak for education about the market and the Oak Bay foreclosures procedure as well as lists of available properties in Oak Bay British Columbia with pictures and descriptions.

This saves me a bunch of time and effort. I don’t have to search the internet for many hours looking at different Realtors websites combing 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 believes in www.foreclosuresearch.ca, then I know I made the right decision.

Other options for finding foreclosed houses in Oak Bay is to reach out 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 educated before going in.

How to buy a foreclosed house with bad credit

Let me begin by saying that shopping for a foreclosed house in Oak Bay with bad credit is conceivable!

You have the option to buy a home 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. After the global economic crisis the last couple of years, banks have started to loosen their lending requirements again at the prompting of governments to allow homebuyers the possibility of experiencing homeownership. There are many programs offered again to assist those with low incomes or bad credit to buy homes. Your local housing authority office should be able to assist if you don’t find what you need on the internet.

Search for properties in your area and look for loans with low down payments. Save up money for your down payment but expect to pay a somewhat higher interest rate because of your lower credit score. You should be able to remortgage in a number of years after making on time payments to get a lower rate.

 

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How to buy a foreclosed condo in Oak Bay, BC

The very first 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 Oak Bay, BC that you are interest in. I use Foreclosuresearch.ca for this.

Find a Realtor that specializes in Oak Bay foreclosures and will be able to help you through the technique of buying.

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

Something 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 downfall in my opinion when buying foreclosed homes

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

This relies on how you are buying the house. 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 transfer to the bank and the title to be completed. Actually, I have had properties transfer to me within three days.

If you are purchasing 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 basic 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 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,” 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 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 taken care of immediately.

Sometimes, just because the title has changed to a new owner doesn’t mean that all issues have vanished. This is the significance of having a title search done well before buying a property given that liens or lawsuits could be attached to the property and you could inherit them without understanding 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 highest possible price for the house that they can.

Remember that dealing with banks is a mechanical process and usually handled 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 probably cave if they have no other offers because they recognize they need to move the property quickly.

Are bank owned homes suitable or harmful? This entirely hinges on your aims and the risk degree that you are willing to accept. If you are more than willing to take on the prospective repairs by yourself and not rely upon the bank to pay for them then this is a good deal! Remember to do your research on foreclosures and on your property before buying to know exactly what you are getting into.