Real estate is no exception when we talk about how inflation has affected each and every aspect of our life. At first, buying a home was only a matter of selecting your area, surveying places around it and making a decision. Times have changed now and the first thing that you bring under consideration is affordability. Not that you didn’t worry about finances back then, but you at least knew you weren’t over paying for your property. So the name of the game, when it comes to buying real estate today, is not only to get the best house of your liking but also to get the best financial deal for yourself.
So what do you do to get a discount while buying your dream home? The first step that you can take in order to find good financial deal on your next house is reviewing Short Sales.
A short sale means a sale that falls short of the amount owed on the mortgage. They happen only when the seller can’t come up with the cash to pay off the difference. Most important, though, is that they can happen only when the lender agrees to accept the reduced payoff. However, it doesn’t mean the lender will agree to sell to you in all cases.
Lenders aren’t in the business of accepting less than they are owed, so few short sales make it to the finish line. The best way to go about it is to hire an agent who has experience with short sales. He knows how to find people who are looking to sell. First, find out if the bank even has a clue that the seller is trying for such a deal; it would be a complete waste of time to try and bargain with the seller just to have the bank refuse the deal.
Another way to look for a discounted deal is to look for foreclosures. Everyone has heard about foreclosures and the overwhelming inventory available. Situations like this usually give rise to discounted prices, especially in today’s times, because of the large inventory of homes sitting on bank books.
Buyer Beware; this process is lengthy and buying a foreclosed home can be full of pitfalls. If you have this picture in your mind of a well-maintained family home, surrounded by a white picket fence that is owned by an elderly woman who couldn’t keep up with mortgage payments, think again. Those types of foreclosures are few and far between. Unless you are a licensed general contractor, bring someone who is highly knowledgeable about construction with you.
Many foreclosed homes need repairs and most have been gutted by squatters looking to sell the best features of the home. Assuming that you’ve done all your homework and you still want to purchase that foreclosed property, your real estate agent will make an offer to the bank.
Best advice before getting to this point is while seeking that foreclosed home, get your financing complete with pre-approvals – the deal will go a lot smoother if the bank sees that all the foot work has been completed.
Short sales and foreclosures are just two options available to you. And, while they may be challenging deals to put together, they can be a great avenue towards home ownership.
About the Author: Millie Gil has been a successful Licensed Real Estate agent for over 25 years in Florida. Millie is Vice President of Bold Real Estate Group, a boutique agency committed to concierge personalized service for discerning buyers, sellers and renters of residential and commercial properties. For more information about the Florida market areas, please forward your request to email@example.com