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Purchasing REO property or a foreclosure in Cleveland?

Just as with any property purchase, your smartest move is to hire a professional real estate agent. Should you have questions about real estate in Cleveland, Mississippi, call me or send me an e-mail.

What's an REO?

"REO" or Real Estate Owned are properties which have been foreclosed upon that the bank or mortgage company now holds. This is different than real estate up for foreclosure auction. Lynn Pace Real Estate, Inc has experience to share with foreclosures and bank owned properties in Cleveland, Mississippi

If you buy a property during a foreclosure sale, you must pay at least the loan balance plus any interest and other fees accumulated during the foreclosure process. You must also be ready to pay with cash in hand. To top everything off, you'll receive the property totally as is. That possibly may include existing liens and even current denizens that may require expulsion.

A bank-owned property, on the other hand, is a much cleaner and attractive option. The REO property was unable to find a buyer during foreclosure auction. Now the lender owns it. The bank will take care of the elimination of tax liens, evict occupants if needed and generally arrange for the issuance of a title insurance policy to the buyer at closing.

You should be aware that REOs may be exempt from normal disclosure requirements. For example, in Nevada, it is optional for foreclosures to have a Property Disclosure Statement, a document that normally requires sellers to tell you about any defects they are informed of. By hiring Lynn Pace Real Estate, Inc, you can rest assured knowing all parties are fulfilling Mississippi state disclosure requirements.

Are REO properties a bargain in Cleveland?

It's frequently presumed that any REO must be a steal and a possibility for easy money. This isn't always the case. You have to be prudent about buying a repossession if your intent is make a profit. Even though the bank is typically anxious to offload it quickly, they are also motivated to get as much as they can for it.

Lynn Pace Real Estate, Inc has experience to share with foreclosures and bank owned properties in Cleveland, Mississippi Look closely at the listing and sales prices of competing homes in the neighborhood when making an offer on an REO. And factor in any repairs or upgrades necessary to prepare the house for resale or moving in. The bargains with money making potential exist, and many people do very well buying foreclosures. However there are also many REOs that are not good buys and may lose money.

Ready to make an offer?

Most banks have staff dedicated to REO that you'll work with in buying REO property from them. Normally the REO department will use a listing agent to get their REO properties listed on the local MLS.

Before making your offer, you'll want to contact either the listing agent or REO department at the bank and learn as much as you can about what they know regarding the condition of the property and what their process is for taking offers. Since banks typically sell REO properties "as is", it may be in your best interest to include an inspection contingency in your offer that gives you time to check for unseen damage and cancel the offer if you find it. As with making any offer on real estate, your offer may be more attractive if you can include documentation of your ability to pay, such as a pre-approval letter from a lender.

After you've submitted your offer, you can expect the bank to make a counter offer. At this point it will be your choice whether to accept their counter, or offer a counter to the counter offer. Be aware, you'll be contending with a process that probably involves several people at the bank, and they don't work evenings or weekends. It's quite common for the process of offers and counter offers to take days or even weeks. Lynn Pace Real Estate, Inc is accustomed to these situations and will work to ensure there are no undue delays.