The Foreclosure Hype

With the depressed real estate market, new opportunities have opened up for the professional “scammers”.  I read it in the newspaper, I hear the chatter on the radio and see the busy ads on TV.  “Foreclosures are higher than ever, get in on your chance to buy these homes at ridiculously low prices – Call now for your free directory”

Even here in the Finger Lakes area, I receive calls and emails from potential clients that only want me to look for REO’s  ( real estate owned by the lender through foreclosure) for them.  I do not have a problem with that, because why not.  If an investor is willing to roll up their sleeves and put some physical equity into a home, in a good market, they can make a decent return on their investment.  The problem is when buyers that would normally look around for a home their fits their needs decides they only want to look for foreclosures.  Yes, there has been an increase in foreclosures in our area, but not to the extent that the MLS (multiple listing service) is full of them.  The other issue is that the foreclosures that are on the market are not suitable or desirable to the average home buyer.  These homes are usually in the lower end of the market and in bad areas, definitely not your typical three bedroom 2 bath home.

There are also different ways to buy a foreclosed home.

There are other areas of the country where foreclosures do dominate the market, but fortunately not in the Finger Lakes area.   There are still many people with good paying jobs looking for decent homes and able to obtain conventional mortgages.

So if you really want to look for foreclosures, be prepared for what most of them are and work with a Realtor that is familiar with REO’s. Patience in finding a place and being financially prepared to place an offer are also key components.

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