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Darrel Heard, Both Buyer and Seller in Syracuse, NY

I would like to know how you take cash out at the closing and when dealing with foreclosures how to buy properties during the preforeclosure stage?

Asked by Darrel Heard, Syracuse, NY Tue Jun 21, 2011

Can you show me the process for a property before it goes to auction?

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In answer to the first part of your question - no, you can not take cash out on a purchase at closing.

In answer to the second part of your question - you should work with a licensed real estate professional in your area who is experienced in handling distressed sale properties such as short sales or preforeclosures.

In general, the process is the same as purchasing any other property, but you will have to deal with the lender. The lender has the final say in whether or not a short sale will be approved, and the process can take as long as 120 days or more. In addition, short saled homes are usually sold 'as is.' The seller will not have any funds to make any repairs, and the lender won't cough up any funds either.

If you find any homes that you'd like to purchase and are in need of repairs, you should look into the FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Loan program (see…) as well as the Fannie Mae HomeStyle Rehab Loan (see and the Fannie Mae HomePath Rehab Loan (see programs. Ask you lender for the details on these programs.
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Consider working with an agent of your own, he/she will be your best for taking cash out--those situations are rare; again work with an agent.
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HI Darrel,

This is a great time to invest in real estate. I am familiar with the short sale (pre-foreclosure) process and would be happy to explain and go over the process with you. I have the Short Sale & Foreclosure Designation from the NAR and could certainly share a few insights with you.

Shoot me an email or give me a call at (315) 701-6992 to set up a time. This would only be an informative meeting, no obligations.

Best regards,
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I believe you are referring to short sales, pre-foreclosure properties. Those are the ones that can be purchased before the sheriff's auction. After the auction, if they go back to the bank, and most do, they are considered foreclosures or REOs. The best way to buy short sales is to work with a realtor. Most banks require people who are short selling their properties to work with a realtor so they can try to get the highest price possible. Banks recognize what average consumers sometimes do not, that you are much more likely to find a buyer at all, and almost always get a better price for your property, when you list it with a realtor.

As for taking cash out at closing, I know it happens, but I have only seen it happen once and then the guy got a couple thousand dollars in repair credits, that's it. I know you hear it all the time on infomercials, and perhaps it does happen, but I have only personally seen it once and it was no big deal.
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