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Buying a Foreclosure Property – What You Need to Know

By Sven Makowal

Feeling apprehension at the idea of buying a home is completely normal – even one of the many foreclosed homes for sale. The trick is very simple. You should just follow a step-by-step process to make sure that you make your purchase in an organized manner. By doing so, you save a lot of time and avoid losing certain investment opportunities just because you are unsure or unprepared.

Step 1: Determine Your Financial Capacity. It is important that you are aware of exactly how much room you have, in terms of your budget. You should look over your finances carefully, and check carefully as to how much you can afford. Also, if it is possible to continue paying the mortgage even if emergencies or medical problems arise. This way, you are 100 percent sure that you can manage your mortgage payments, no matter what happens.

Step 2: Get Pre Approved. Once you have determined just how much you can afford, you can now shop for a lender who would pre approve your mortgage loan application. You might not think that this is an important step but if you end up bidding against other home buyers who are also on the lookout for bargain foreclosed homes for sale, you will be surprised what a pre-approval letter can do for you. Sellers are more likely to accept your offer.

Step 3: Subscribe to a Foreclosure Listing. Now that you are financially prepared, the next logical step is to search for a foreclosure home. At this point, it would be so much easier if you have a search tool such as a foreclosure listing that will permit both speed and convenience. You should subscribe to one which allows you to search by location, price and type of home.

Step 4: Hire a Professional Inspector. As soon as you have located the perfect property, you should always contact a professional home inspector to check the home for structural problems. Experts recommend that buyers do this before making an offer to address problems in the home and to justify the amount you are willing to pay. Most sellers will have no problem agreeing to additional discount or other requests as long as the requests are justified.

Step 5: Make an Offer. Finally, if everything is in order, you can now make an offer. Keep in mind that the buying process will be so much faster if all your documents are ready. Make sure that you are working with a really good agent who you can rely on to provide expert and professional assistance. Buying one of these foreclosed homes for sale is actually easy if you think about it. All it takes is a little organization on your part. You will be a proud homeowner in no time at all.

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