Searching for Foreclosed Townhomes and Condos for sale can be a challanging venture if you are not well informed of the process and expectations from the get go with foreclosed townhomes and condos. One of the main differences between traditional Townhomes and Condos for sale and Foreclosed Townhomes and Condos for sale in Bellevue, Seattle, Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah, Bothell and other cities in King County, WA is the requirement for the seller (Bank on foreclosed townhomes and condos) to provide buyers w/ a form 17 disclosure statement. On a tradition Townhome or Condo purchase the seller will fill out in depth and is accountable to the 5 page form 17 which discloses any current or past issues related to the property. One tip I have w/ foreclosed Townhomes and Condos for sale is to do an extra thorough inspection so you can count all the costs before it’s too late to pull out. You can use the details of your inspection to negotiate down the price of a foreclosed townhome or condo because most likely a bank will not make any repairs. If there are several costly repairs needed to the foreclosed townhome or condo, you can come cash out of pocket to do the repairs and often times get a way better deal on the home! If you would like to work with one of our Foreclosed Townhome and Condo specialists, please fill out the form and someone will be in touch w/ you shortly to help answer all your questions on foreclosures verse tradition townhome and condo purchases.
Below is a great article by ehow about how to buy a foreclosed Townhome or Condo on the courthouse steps. Click the link below to see the source of the article. I do want to mention that when buying a foreclosed Townhome or Condo at auction, you really should be an advanced real estate investor & understand the property transfer process in your county, as the property could have liens attached that WILL NOT be cleared prior to you taking title. You also most likely WILL NOT have the opportunity to perform any inspection on the foreclosed property prior to bidding on the foreclosed property. I recommend purchasing Townhomes or Condos that are already foreclosed on and Real Estate Owned (REO). These are foreclosed properties that did not sell on the courthouse steps and the bank now has to clear title by paying off all liens including any back taxes owed on the foreclosed property. Buying an REO property is more of a traditional arms length transaction using forms your agent will be familiar with, unless the bank demands use of their own addenda and forms, which often times are written to supersede any other forms and addenda. The good news w/ foreclosed REO townhomes and condos, is you can still buy them way below market value, and you still have the ability to perform all the inspections you desire before your earnest money is at risk, long as you have those contingency’s written into your contract.
How to Buy Foreclosed Townhomes and Condos
If a homeowner falls behind on his mortgage payments, the mortgage lender can take the house back and evict the residents through a process known as foreclosure. Once a lender forecloses on a property, it will try to resell the property to recoup its losses resulting from the defaulted home loan. Buying a foreclosed property can often save the buyer thousands of dollars, because lenders seek to unload foreclosed properties quickly to minimize their monetary losses.
Find a property you want to buy. You can search for foreclosed condominiums in the newspaper, at your local clerk of court’s office, through mortgage lenders or through online databases such as RealtyTrac or Zillow.
Apply for financing. Contact several mortgage lenders to shop around for the best rate; the multiple credit inquiries caused by filling out multiple applications in a one or two-month period will not adversely affect your credit score, because credit bureaus allow consumers to shop for the best rates.
Contact a real estate agent or real estate attorney with experience dealing with foreclosures. An agent or attorney will make sure all parties to your transaction are on the same page and will help guide you through the process of buying a foreclosed property by managing the paperwork and meetings required to complete your purchase.
Research the title to any properties you are interested in buying. The title is the chain of ownership of a property, including any liens or judgments that have been placed on the property due to actions of a previous owner. Pursue only properties with a clear title, because you can be held responsible for any financial obligations attached to the property once you buy it; your attorney will help you research the title of potential properties and explain the results to you.
Hire a professional to inspect the property, if possible. For a fee, a home inspection firm will perform a thorough check of the condition of the property and will report any defects, damage or potential problems. If the property is selling at an auction, you will probably not be able to have it inspected, because you will have to pay the full price in cash upon making a winning bid.
Contact the lender that foreclosed on the property and make an offer. If the item is up for public auction, attend the auction and bid on the property up to the maximum amount you are comfortable spending. Whether foreclosed properties are offered at public auction or sold through the foreclosing lender depends on the circumstances surrounding each foreclosure as listed in the foreclosure database, as well as the laws of your state. Contact an attorney if you are unsure how to make an offer on a property you want.
Pay the auctioneer or the lender any required amounts. You must usually pay in full at the time of winning a bid at auction. If you buy through the foreclosing lender, your lender will transfer the money to the selling financial institution, less the amount of your down payment as required in your financing agreement.