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Are you considering buying a foreclosure in the near future? The process of buying a foreclosure can be especially tricky, as there are even more steps required for purchasing a foreclosure than for buying a traditional home. If you are planning to purchase a foreclosure property as your next home, consider these four essential steps in the process. 

Research different types of foreclosure properties 

Did you know that there are four types of foreclosure properties? Before you get started with the process of buying a foreclosure, it is important to understand the various types of foreclosure properties. For example, if you plan to buy a foreclosure at an auction, be sure to understand how extensive the process may be, as well as the steps that you will need to take in order to close on the property.

Hire an agent with foreclosure experience

To ensure that your home buying process goes as smoothly as possible, it is crucial to work with an agent who has direct experience with foreclosure properties. Avoid working with an agent who may be unfamiliar with short sales or foreclosure properties.

Prepare a financing plan

Waiting to prepare a financing plan for a foreclosure property is less than ideal. As is true for any property, you will want to act quickly when you find your dream home. Consult your agent and see which lenders they would recommend. 

Select a home inspector in advance

Home repairs are to be expected with foreclosure properties. With this, it is best to have a home inspector prepared so that they may inspect the home for damage and potential issues. In many cases, problems with a home are hidden and not obvious in an initial walkthrough. A trained professional will alert you when they uncover issues that could affect your decision to purchase the property.

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