A few things to consider before purchasing a distressed property

I have been working with lots of buyers of foreclosed or distressed homes lately and wanted to give you some hints on how to make this type of purchase a little easier. 

First, let’s talk about Short Sale Properties:  A short sale is a home that is listed by a real estate firm for less than is owed to the bank because the currentj0427594_1 value of the home has decreased to the point that they cannot get an offer to cover all encumbrances on the home.  The seller will complete a financial package and submit it to the bank for review and advise that they want to sell the home and that it is expected to be a short sale.  Once an offer is received on the home, the bank will send out an independent person to do an appraisal or Broker Price Opinion on the home to determine current market price.  If they are in agreement, they may accept the short sale.  WARNING:  This process can take a LONG time.  Usually up to 4 months or more and the foreclosure process still moves forward.  It is a game of "Beat the Clock" and there are not guarantees.  Once accepted by the lender, you may still run into title issues on the property that have to be resolved (usually by the seller or buyer) before closing.  It is recommended to have a title report done in advance to uncover any hidden Liens or judgments.  You can get a great deal on these properties but you must be patient and work with the process.

Foreclosures:  These types of sales are much easier to do than a short sale and work the same way a regular sale works other than the seller is a bank and there are usually additional addendums to be signed that state the property is being sold in "as is" condition with no warranties and no liability by the bank.  You need to do your homework UPFRONT on these types of properties and know what you are buying.  In some instances, you can ask the bank to make repairs to enable you to qualify for financing and they may agree to complete them.  They may also pay for closing costs and even a home warranty.  Some banks will waive the appraisal fees and even lower the interest rates if you finance through them.  Work with your Realtor and know all your options. 

Financing considerations:  Please keep in mind that with ALL distressed properties, the banks will require a pre-approval letter from a lender or require you to be qualified with them directly (even though you may still choose a lender of your choice), or require proof of funds if you are paying cash.  They will consider an offer without this and earnest money.

There are lots of finance options out there such as USDA (100% financing), FHA (3.5% down payment), VA (100% for veterans plus possible lower interest rates), 203K (roll renovations into the loan and finance the whole package) as well as conventional loans.  Talk to your lender about the best option for your situation.  If you are considering a Manufactured Home, be sure to let your lender know upfront as some programs are for "Stick Built" home only.  There may also be limitations on loan amounts.  Many lenders  may not finance anything below $35,000.

So, before you begin your search, get prepared, do your homework, ask your Realtor lots of questions and make a smart buy.  Avoid any un-necessary stress by being an informed buyer.

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1151 Valley St
Statesville NC, 28677


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Whether you are buyer or selling a home, there always seems to be a need for a local contractor to help fix something up.  Over the years, I have been able to work with some wonderful people that I really trust and would recommend to my clients and others seeking a referral.  I have also asked for some help from my past clients to fill in some of the blanks and suggest some service professionals that they have used and would recommend.  Feel free to download the PDF version of my Professional Services Booklet and try some of these companies.  I would love to have your feedback and be sure to mention my name to let them know I am passing along their information because I trust them.  I do have to say that I do not guarantee their work in any way and also want to know if you have a bad experience.  I hope this is useful in helping you locate a Service Professional in Statesville, Mooresville, Troutman and other surrounding areas


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Statesville NC Real Estate Guide –Sonya Leonard, Exit Home Team Realty Agent Sonya Leonard of Exit Home Team Realty is your local real estate expert in Statesville North Carolina.  The Statesville Real Estate Guide provides free access to individualized home searches for all homes in Statesville, Mooresville, Troutman, Lake Norman and the entire Lake Norman Area.  Explore buyer and seller reports, community resources, new home communities, and be sure to sign up for you’re my exclusive FREE Weekly Distressed Sales List.  Let Sonya help you INVEST in Real Estate and your Future! (704) 450-0588. Exit Home Team Realty