I would like to know if it is difficult to buy a foreclosed home, how long does it take to complete the buy and can you buy one in the 76119 or 76112

Asked by Veronica Warrior, Central Meadowbrook, Fort Worth, TX Sun Feb 27, 2011

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Lucy Puniwai, Agent, Haslet, TX
Wed Mar 2, 2011
I just Blogged about this: Source: “Home Loans in Default Drag On,” USA Today


Foreclosure Process Gets Longer!
Posted Under: Market Conditions in Fort Worth, Foreclosure in Fort Worth, Rental Basics in Fort Worth | February 28, 2011 10:16 AM | 64 views | No comments
Personal Experience: 2/6/2011 - one year ago my Buyer made an offer on a home that originally listed as a "SHORT SALE" The offer was 20k off from list price. The home isnow in foreclosure.
Do you think the bank would have been better served to agree to sell the home and accept the 20k spread or hold on to it for 1-2 years and watch it deteriorate and bring down the values of the surrounding properties? Just a thought!

Foreclosure Process Gets Longer

Banks and mortgage servicers are taking more time to foreclose on defaulting home owners--a process that can take up to 2 years now. A backlog in foreclosures has occurred within a number of the nation’s banks, triggered by the large number of home owners defaulting on loans, a lengthy review process for loan modifications, and recent lawsuits that have accused banks of improperly filing foreclosure documents .
Meanwhile, defaulting home owners are being allowed to stay in their homes longer. In December 2010, the average borrower in foreclosure went 507 days without making a mortgage payment, according to LPS Applied Analytics. (Prior to the housing crash, the norm was considered 250 days in default.)
Diane Pendley, managing director of Fitch Ratings, estimates that delinquent borrowers stay in their homes an average of 19 to 20 months before they're evicted. She expects that average to grow to 22 to 23 months by the end of the year--the longest on record.
The delays in the foreclosure process are expected to lead to less inventory of foreclosed homes for sale and higher prices for these homes, in some markets, experts note. However, the longer wait also means foreclosures could weigh on the real estate market much longer, they say.
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Sun Feb 27, 2011
Buying a bank owned home can be just as easy as buying an owner occupied if you do it correctly, If you are not expereinced with bank owne dhomes, simply get a buyer broker who is well expereinced in bank owned homes to assist you.

Buying a bank owned home that has already been foreclosed on is an easier process compared to buying at auction or a short sale.

Please check out my blog that has a complete list of tips and advice for finding and buying a bank owned home.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Sun Feb 27, 2011

You question is a good one and one that is commonly sought during these times. The reality is that most "foreclosures" require approximately the same amount of time as a "regular" transaction. This is the case because the lender commonly works through the normal "red tape" prior to placeing it in the hands of a real estate professional for disposal.

Normally you can plan on 30-60 days for a foreclosure transaction to close.

Good luck,

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John Safstrom, Other Pro, Allen, TX
Sun Feb 27, 2011

It is not dIfficilt to buy one. The difficult part sometimes is finding a foreclosed home that is in good enough condition that will save you money in the long run

Some of the foreclosures out there have not been taken care of for long periods of time and can have serious structural or mechanical issues. Use a home inspector who is very thorough to give you the complete picture of the property you want to buy.
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Jim Carter, Agent, Keller, TX
Sun Feb 27, 2011

It is not more difficult than buying a non-foreclosure property. The same standards apply. You need a credit score above 640 and 3.5% down payment plus closing costs to finance FHA or minimum of 5% for conventional. If you need help finding properties I will be happy to help you search for them.
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Phil Rotondo, Agent, Melbourne, FL
Sun Feb 27, 2011
Good Morning Veronica;
1. It is not difficult at all; and you can either pay cash or finance the transaction.
2. Once you find a property and you have an executed contract, most transactions close within 30-45 days.
3. Contact a local Real Estate Agent in the 76119 or 76112 area for a list of foreclosures.
Good Luck!
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