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Purchasing homes for less money.
When looking to purchase a home, a great way to save money is to check out home foreclosure listings. These homes have been repossessed by the bank. The bank sees them as a financial burden and is motivated to to sell and recuperate their investment. Often the banks will agree on a price that is below value, as long as they receive their investment back. Because of this, home buyers have the potential of saving thousands of dollars on their new home. Another benefit to buying below value is that there is immediately equity in the house.
Finding these homes is the most challenging part of the process. Not all of these foreclosed homes are listed on conventional real estate property listings. This is where the home foreclosure listings are helpful. There are two types of home foreclosure listings, free and membership sites.
Membership sites are the most inclusive lists.
These sites have listings that are for members only. Because they are sites that have to be paid for to access, they tend to have the most up-to-date information. Most of these sites offer a free trial period. Once the trial period, usually 7 days, has expired, the site charges the monthly rate to the credit card entered upon registering. They also offer weekly subscription rates, for those that only need short term access to home foreclosure listings.
Free home foreclosure listings are available on a variety of different sites. The sites that are maintained by HUD (US Department of Housing and Urban Development) are free sites. These sites are updated frequently with extensive information on the available properties. The drawback for these lists is that it only contains the listings for the HUD owned homes. Private bank foreclosures are not listed on these. Finding a home on HUD’s home foreclosure listings can be more financially valuable in that HUD offers further discounted rates for police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and teachers.
Real estate agents that are registered with HUD are able to handle the sale of these foreclosures.
Often these agents will also list the foreclosures on their general listings. Although this listing is free, it is often hit or miss when trying to find home foreclosure listings. Banks and large banking institutions may also have home foreclosure listings that consist of their foreclosures. This is a good option if you are dealing with a local bank that has local properties.
While this is a free listing, it is limited to the bank’s specific properties. Buying a home that has been foreclosed is a great way to save money. The majority of effort is spent finding these homes. Home foreclosure listings are a time saving, valuable resource. Whether you choose to buy a membership to a foreclosure site or choose to access free lists, the information that is available on these lists is imperative to find a foreclosed home to purchase.
There are web sites that offer free foreclosure listings.
This is a valuable resource when looking to save money by purchasing a foreclosed home. Most foreclosed homes are not listed as such on a standard real estate listing. These free foreclosure listings save valuable time when trying to locate the foreclosed properties in a given area. Because they have only foreclosed homes listed, most of the locating work has been done for you. By deciding to purchase a foreclosed home at a lower than value price, you have decided that saving money is important. That is the same with finding the home using free foreclosure listings.
Most paying sites do offer free trial periods.
This allows you to access the same information as the paying member but for a limited period of time. You can gather a lot of valuable information and locations of these foreclosed homes in a few days. The drawback of relying on the free trial period is that new homes are added to the list daily. By having a limited time period, you may miss listings that interest you after your trial period expires. Most sites require that you enter credit card information upon registering for your free trial.
If you do not actively cancel your registration at the end of the trial period, your credit card will automatically be charged. Many people access multiple sites and take advantage of the free trial period of more than one of these. Some of these different sites are hosted by the same company, so caution must be used when doing this. If you encounter a few of these sites, your free trial period may be denied. It is possible to have access to these free foreclosure listings, however caution must be used or you will end up paying for the service.
Homes with FHA insured mortgages that end in foreclosure become property of the government.
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) handles the sale of these homes. There are web sites that offer free foreclosure listings consisting only of HUD houses. Since these homes are owned by the government, the listings are available to the general public for free. HUD also offers additional incentives to home buyers that are in certain occupations. As part of the Good Neighbor plan, police officers, fire fighters, teachers, and emergency medical technicians can purchase these homes for an additional 50% off the asking price. This program helps to bring revitalization to neighborhoods by bringing in “good neighbors”.
When considering purchasing a foreclosed home, it is imperative that you check out free foreclosure listings. Having a comprehensive list of available properties in a given area makes the process of purchasing one of these homes significantly easier. When these lists are able to be accessed for free, it becomes more valuable.