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Gene K, Home Buyer in Murrieta, CA

How do you bid on this home???? Need to know immediately. Do we pay the balance of $120,000?

Asked by Gene K, Murrieta, CA Wed Jul 29, 2009

We are new to looking into foreclosures. Please advise.

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I think the Realty Trac mapping tool isn't pointing to the right house.

First: There aren't any homes coming up on this street with an NOD, I use other reliable systems to find public NOD's & none of them are showing any Notice Of Defaults for this street.

However, there is 1 home that has an original 1st loan for exactly $120K, they also have a small 2nd.

If someone got so far as to get a default on such a low loan balance, it is EXTREMELY unlikely that you could just waltz in & pick it up for $120K, the 2nd would also have to be paid off & this owner could easily sell this home for well over $120K & walk away with cash having received multiple offers.

A comparison to what I'm talking about is this: Let's say a beach front home in Newport Beach is coming up with a Notice of Default for a loan balance of $400k, the property is really worth $2m & still a killer deal would be $1.8M for any buyer. No one is going to be able to walk in & "steal" it for $400k.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions
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I'm sorry to say that using some of these services that provide you with this type of information is often a bit misleading (trying to word it so I don't get sued). It's important to understand that a notice of default is issued by the lender when a homeowner is 1-3 months past-due on their payments. They may be attempting loan modification or even considering a short sale. This website explains the timeline: It would be easy for me to set up a website that keeps its "eye" on that property to see if it progresses, but you can't really bid on it at this time. I tried a website like that before, and they are only selling public information. When you progress through their stages, you find that most are already sold before they become "available" on the site. Using an experienced Realtor is your best bet in finding a good property. Also, please know that in So. CA right now, there is a sort of feeding frenzy for any properties listed as REOs (foreclosures) or short sales. There is a perception that all of these are great deals, and people made bids like crazy. I looked at one today for a client -- first day on the market, listed at $250K, short sale in Fullerton, and by 3 pm, they had 15 offers at over $350K. It will take persistence in finding a home in your price range -- but I'd love to try to help you. I have clients who have made multiple offers on multiple properties. If you have cash or a good downpayment, your offers are certainly considered before someone who has only 3.5% to put down on an FHA loan (not all properties qualify) and have to depend on the appraisal to get the loan. I think your questions would be best answered by voice communication. Feel free to give me a call at 714.296.0513. I work the Inland Empire all the time. Our agency is in top 1% of Century 21 offices worldwide and I'm an award-winning agent. My husband and I would love to help you. Please check our website for testimonials, etc. Email to or call 714.296.0513. I'd be happy to explain all this to you "in person." Thanks. Good luck. Bonnie Scribner, Century 21 Discovery
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