I am looking to buy a house, can any one provide me with information about foreclosures in Fort Greene

Asked by Lucy, Brooklyn, NY Wed Dec 10, 2008

Clinton Hill and Lefferts Gardens in Brooklyn NY? I tried Realty track but was not helpful.

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Trevor Curran, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Great Neck, NY
Tue Jun 19, 2012
Dear Lucy,

It's not clear from your post whether or not you are a first time buyer, but I'd like to offer you some advice that may be relevant, no matter what your experience.

I've been helping First Time Buyers for 22 years as a mortgage professional and I will tell you what I have always told my clients here in New York: If you are a First Time Buyer, steer clear of foreclosures and short sales.

Foreclosures are someone else's headache. The home probably has not been well-maintained and you're a First Time Buyer adjusting to paying a mortgage. Do you really want to walk in the door to someone else's deferred maintenance that YOU will have to pay for? Also, if you're thinking there are deals to be had in terms of lower prices, mostly those "deals" go to professional investors who can pay cash, negotiate hard with a Lender, and close fast.

For Short Sales, my attitude of late is that First Time Buyers should steer clear. Short Sales tend to be a better deal for the homeowner than for the Buyer. You'll wait MONTHS for the homeowner's Lender to approve the short sale; maybe as long as Six or Seven Months. Meanwhile, you're stuck in a contract to buy that home. I closed a short sale recently with a Buyer who, after seven months said this at the closing table, "I don't even want this house anymore."

And he didn't even get the "deal" on price he thought he was getting! The house appraised for only slightly more than he paid for it at the short sale price. He walked into this deal thinking he was buying a home for $100,000 less than it's value. In the end that wasn't the case.

There are plenty of motivated Sellers with their homes listed on your local MLS. Go find a good Local Mortgage Banker, get prequalified, then find a great, experienced Realtor, and buy the home you want at the price you're willing to pay.

Trevor Curran
NMLS #40140
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Elaine Cooper, Agent, Brooklyn, NY
Thu Dec 11, 2008
Fortunately, foreclosures rarely happen in those neighborhoods. However, occasionally one does come up or a really low priced "deal" becomes available. Usually, they are properties that need a lot of work, some of them being total gut jobs that require well over one hundred thousand dollars in repair costs. You can give me a call if you want to buy a low priced gut job property in Fort Greene right now (I have one available), or go to my site to sign up for my weekly foreclosure list. Its free.

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