Let me start with congratulations! As a real estate professional and investor, I understand this is an exciting and serious time. You are on the right track by trying to find an experienced specialist in the area, you want to make sure that they have an excellent background with investments. Do not rule out a property if it is not a foreclosure or short sale, sometimes you can get a better deal by negoiating with the owner or estate vs. banks/lenders.
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Here are some factors that you may want to research before purchasing:
-Find out the top selling neighborhoods/sections by comparing percentages of recently closed properties to homes on the market
-Compare the Days on Market(DOM) for each area as well
-Start with a small home or an Adult Community property to help reduce cost and to ensure a quicker sale.
-Make a spreadsheet before you make an offer (remember you may come across some surprises, so round up and make sure you leave yourself a nice safety net)
-When making your offer, plan on selling the property for lower end of the average. Stay firm, have a set number that you will pay for that property, don't over extend (Don't worry to move on the next property, you will be better off)
-Find out if the property has any underground oil tanks or leaks, do the research in the beginning stages of the deal(I have seen contamination cleanup take up to a year to finish)
-When making improvements to the property, keep it simple and neutral. Do your own landscaping to spruce up the curb appeal, sometimes siding just needs a good powerwashing, replace older windows(most likely you will see this return), replace the roof if needed or find a home with a newer roof as well as central air, refinish or repair old hardwood floors(they come out great), resurface cabinets and replace countertops and hardware, regrout tile in bathroom if it is in good shape, replace old ceiling fans and old fixtures, replace old doors and paint dark panel a cream or off white color(this makes a big difference).
-Be innovative and get the home on the market or sale or rent as quickly as you can. Ask your friends and family to help and have them give you referrals for services.
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Best of luck to you!
Good luck to you!
This is what Trulia's all about.
Scott Miller, Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL
p.s. 4 great agents but one is in California!
Rental (two years) if you are going to manage yourself or use property mgmt.
Flipping the capital outlay, time frame to complete the project (few months), tax implecations, etc. Which sounds more aggreable to the rest of your lifestyle.
If you purchase the home as a non owner occupant than higher down payment and costs are a factor.
Your last comment about losing your shirt indicates maybe your tolerance for risk might be better suited to examining all types of investments which could supplement your pension. Look hard at as many options as you can think of.
There is no reason not to look at foreclosed properties when looking for a bargain or a "fixer-upper". But if you ONLY look at foreclosed properties you'll likely be in for a lot of "looking". The biggest problem with the so called "fixer-upper" is that often the repairs that could be needed can be extensive. So much so that they are not eligible for traditional FHA financing. This of course does not apply to ALL foreclosed properties but also be aware that for the foreclosed properties in the best condition there will likely be stiff competition from other buyers so don't make the mistake of thinking that the bank that owns the property is in a quick hurry to unload it at a significantly lower than market value price. I've had more clients lose a bid on a great foreclosed property because they thought they could steal it from the bank at much less than what the bank was asking, only to find that they not only under bid too much, when in fact they should have over bid the asking price.
With regards to Realty Trac, No that's not the only place to look for foreclosed properties. Most foreclosed properties can be found through contact with a local Realtor. If you've not already spoken with a local Real Estate Professional, ask your friends and/or neighbors to recommend a Realtor that they've had a good experience with and then contact that Realtor to help you in your search.
I hope this information is helpful!
Have a great day!
MA and CT REALTOR
Park Square Realty in Westfield MA 01085
Your best bet is to talk to a real estate agent or two who know the real estate market in Westfield. Tell them what your goals are and that agent can notify you of any good prospects. Many agents subscribe to Realty Trac so you can benefit by that as well.
While you could get a great deal on a foreclosure, I would discourage you from focusing on foreclosures only! Look at "Estate" properties or homes that have just been "let go". You can often negotiate on these types of properties!
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