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How much do you know about bank foreclosures? Many buyers do not even consider researching foreclosure properties in their home search. If you are under the impression that all foreclosures are bad deals, you could be missing out on properties with potential in your ideal location. A home becomes a bank-owned foreclosure when the homeowner defaults on their loan and the property is repossessed by the bank. Consider these key points to know about bank foreclosure homes. 

What are the types?

Bank foreclosures can take several different forms, as foreclosure homes can drastically differ in conditions due to how owners have treated them. While all properties that are repossessed by a bank is known as an REO, not all REO cases begin the same way. In some instances, the property is given a bank by the owners. In others, the bank repossesses the home because they were not receiving payments. 

What are common misconceptions about buying a foreclosure? 

There are several misconceptions about purchasing a bank foreclosure. One of the biggest misconceptions is that most REOs are sold at low prices. However, there is no guarantee that a foreclosure will sell at rock-bottom prices. In some cases, prices will only drop by a small percentage from the current market rate for similar properties in the area. If an REO property sits on the market for an extended period, lenders will drop the price because they are not in business to hold onto real estate. If a home does not sell, they will need to pay taxes on the property as well as pay for various maintenance costs. 

What are the benefits of buying a bank foreclosure?

The most appealing benefit of purchasing a bank foreclosure is the opportunity to strike a deal. While it usually takes work to negotiate the deal, you can save a significant amount of money on your next home by choosing a foreclosure property. Foreclosures can be excellent investment opportunities, leading to lower mortgage payments in the future. 

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