Sure you have known the advantages of buying pre-foreclosure, haven’t you? Adjustable agreement, up to 40% below market value foreclosure home, adequate time to research on the foreclosure home, lesser down payment, etc. Undeniable, buying pre-foreclosure has many advantages and they are real irresistible. Anyhow, there is always a balance point in everything. It’s true that buying pre-foreclosure has a lot of advantages, but there are also disadvantages of buying pre-foreclosure.
Depending on one’s needs, only you know which buying foreclosure approach (pre-foreclosure, auction and REO) best suits you.
First and foremost, the very first disadvantage of buying pre-foreclosure is getting contact with the foreclosure homeowners. Why say so? As you have already known, foreclosure homeowners are facing negative events of his life that causing him to fall behind his mortgage payment on that moment. Foreclosure homeowners are distressed. And the outcome of this situation, foreclosure homeowners usually refuse to meet with strangers or whoever he thinks unnecessary. To some foreclosure homeowners, this could may be help them to concentrate more on solving the problems, while to some other foreclosure homeowners, this will only isolate them from the problems. Either way, you will have works to do to get contact with them.
Some professional investors or real estate agencies will post their greetings, post card like stuff to foreclosure homeowner. But to me, it’s not good enough. It’s recommended to call up foreclosure homeowner in person. Talking to them is the best way to leave a deep impression to them; while calling can show your sincerity of buying his pre-foreclosure home too. Of cause, talking courteously and patiently is equally important. Put yourself in his shoe, do you want someone rude to take over his lovely home or someone gentle instead?
Buying foreclosure has risk in dealing with other liens. This is the second disadvantage of buying pre-foreclosure. Who knows how many lenders the foreclosure homeowner has borrowed money from? There are cases where homeowners get home loan from 2 different lenders to buy a house and get a third lender for home improving loan. These cases involve many legal works. You definitely can’t settle it by yourself, unless you are a lawyer and your spouse is a bank manager. No jokes on the legal works. It’s really frustrating dealing with them. Thus, before buying a pre-foreclosure, make sure you do a throughout research on that pre-foreclosure home including its title deed, loan information, any hidden liens, etc. Get the professional help. And this situation contributes the third disadvantage of buying a pre-foreclosure. There are paper works to do to complete the deal and it’s time costly.
However, these 3 disadvantages are actually nothing compared to the return of buying pre-foreclosure. To conclude, great bargains need hard work. You have to do research and truly understand the process of buying pre-foreclosure. It’s recommended to buy a foreclosure book or sign up free trial on homes listings to do some real time research. I would say it worth your hard works.