Asked by R. W., Rockwall, TX Mon Jun 9, 2008

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Carol Pease,…, Agent, Austin, TX
Tue Aug 5, 2008

I'm not in your area so I am not soliciting your business. You need to use a good buyer's agent who is familiar with dealing with foreclosed homes. I would NOT use the listing agent even if it is allowed in that company. Try to find someone who may be a competitor for REO listings in another company to be your agent. You may think you will get a better deal by using the listing agent, but that is not necessarily the case.

Carol Pease, ABR, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI
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T.E. & Naima…, Agent, Dallas, TX
Tue Aug 5, 2008
There are three approaches to getting homes that are sold in distress.
Banks own real estate that they have already foreclosed. Usually, they offer these REO properties through Realtors and you can find them through any Realtor with access to MLS. Because Realtors list them, they are often priced near fair market value, although they may have some negotiating room. Remember that foreclosed (REO) properties do not have a seller's disclosure, and so they may have defects or deferred maintenance that is not obvious from a walk-through.
Banks foreclose at the monthly auction held in Rockwall. You, as a member of the public, are allowed to bid at these open auctions. The bank who holds the mortgage note will also be bidding, but they want only what they are owed. So, if the fair market value is above the mortgage balance, you can get a sweet deal. The drawback is that these auctions are cash only. You must bring cashier's checks to cover your bid. You can't get a mortgage loan after bidding. Also, you should have already done your homework on the condition of the property, because you are buying it as-is. No take-backs.
Prior to foreclosure, some owners will list their property for sale with a Realtor to avoid foreclosure. They may be in a position to accept less than the mortgage balance, if the lender approves it. If the sale price leaves less than the mortgage balance, we call these short sales. If the seller has equity, it is just a pre-foreclosure sale, often below market value.
A Realtor can help you understand these approaches, advise you on any property, and assist you with the processes.
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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Mon Jun 9, 2008
We list and sell foreclosures. Are you looking for someplace to live or to use as an investment. We're investors ourselves so can help you look at the potential from many different angles. You can also visit my website for many resources on foreclosure homes. Let me know how we can best assist you.
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Mon Jun 9, 2008
WE specialize in foreclosures you may visit my website . You are correct there are tips and tricks to obtain a foreclosured property. We have been the listing/buyer agent and provided BPO's for banks

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Carlos Cavaz…, , Dallas, TX
Mon Jun 9, 2008
Email me or call me if you'd like, I can send you some investor references as that is the main part of my business now.
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Bay Jackson, , Shreveport, LA
Mon Jun 9, 2008
There are some agents to specialize in foreclosures. Call a local broker and ask them if they have anyone that specialize in foreclosures. Remember when you buy foreclosures, you are not always getting a great deal. Have your Realtor do CMA on surrounding comparables to see what the market value of the home is. Remember that often times you are buying someone else's problem. I'm sorry I wasn't much help, I wish you the best of luck.
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