Foreclosures can be good deals for homebuyers, but with 1.5 million of them on the market, shopping carefully is important.
Here are some tips for anyone navigating the foreclosure market:
- Don't pay too much. With so many exuberant buyers, bidding up a property beyond its worth can be easy to do.
- Get to know the banks. Practitioners who establish relationships with asset managers at banks can facilitate good communication.
- Factor in fix-up costs. Most banks would rather sell a property as-is. Buyers should consider what shouldering that responsibility will cost. Touring the properties with a contractor can be a good plan.
- Bid smartly. Help the buyer get the inside track by gathering as much information as you can about other bids.
Source: CNNMoney.com, Les Christie (11/19/2009)