good idea to rent pre-forclosure homes?

Asked by Rizwiz, Cypress, CA Wed Jan 26, 2011

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Alex Montelo…, Agent, Seal Beach, CA
Wed Apr 16, 2014
I don't see why anyone would want to rent a pre foreclosure. It will be more of a hassle than anything. Especially for someone that may have children. How can they be moved from one school to the next. The cost of moving every so often, not to mention the labor involved... I cant see how it would be worth it.

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Kawain Payne, Agent, Seal Beach, CA
Thu Nov 8, 2012
Hello Rizwiz,

This is onloy a good idea if you enjoy packing up all your things and moving often.

You will not know how far into the pre forclossure process the landlord is. He/she could be in a position to reocovery and get out of the red or they could be too far behind to catch up. In this case the home good be sold at a trustee sale before you know it.

There are so many homes for rent why risk renting a pre forclosoure?

Best of luck to you.

Kawain Payne, Realtor
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Kawain Payne, Agent, Seal Beach, CA
Thu Jun 26, 2014
No Not EVER!!!!!

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Eden Lim, Agent, La Habra, CA
Tue Nov 6, 2012
Did you rent pre-foreclosure? How did it work for you?
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My NC Homes…, Agent, Chapel Hill, NC
Fri Oct 7, 2011
Only if you enjoy moving eery 3-6 months. I'm puzzled as to why you would even ask, if the home has a 90% chance of ending up in foreclosure and you're going to be forced to move, what would the appeal be. THe owner is already not paying their mortgage (hence pre-foreclosure) do you think their maintaining the property or will be responisve to your needs?
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Gary Geer, Agent, Antioch, IL
Mon Jun 20, 2011
Renting a pre-foreclosure home can be risky. The landlord may not be making the payments on this home, and you may be asked to move sooner than you planned. A plus is sometimes banks will pay whoever is living in the property to move. It's has been called "Cash For Keys". This could help you reloacte (if it's offered) to another home should you have to move. A better choice may be to find a home that's not pre-foreclosure and be able to stay for your lease period.

All the best,

Gary Geer
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Thom Colby, Agent, Irvine, CA
Thu Jan 27, 2011
Riz -

It's not a good idea as others have already stated. There are pros and cons;

1) It actually could be a "CON" - it may not be the owner renting the property - it could be a con-artist and you would be tresspassing.
2) If it is foreclosed, you will need to move quickly. Since the rental agreement was signed with full-knowledge of the Default, you will likely not be entitled to any "Relocation allowance" from the bank.
3) If you provide a security deposit, know you will not get it back. The "landlord" is in financial trouble and likely will spend your money the day you give it to him/her to pay their other bills.
4) If anything breaks, like a water heater, A/C, Furnace, Plumbing, etc. it may never get fixed as the owner has no money.

1) You might get a very good monthly rate - assuming you are renting from the actual owner.
2) No matter whether the owner is paying their mortgage or not, you are getting what you pay for - "housing".
3) Depending on where they are in the process, you may be able to stay there for a few months and save some money.

If it were me, I would NOT rent a property in Default - there are too many unknowns.

Best of luck,

Thom Colby
Broker / Owner & Certified HAFA Specialist
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Diane Smuger…, Agent, Pleasanton, CA
Thu Jan 27, 2011
NO WAY !!! Unless you are willing to show the home when listed and move out as soon as it sells.
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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Thu Jan 27, 2011

Out of curiosity, I've seen a number of questions like yours. Is someone promoting this idea/concept? If so, who? And what's the supposed strategy or benefit?
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Michelle Gon…, Agent, Los Alamitos, CA
Thu Jan 27, 2011
Probably not a good idea especially if you are looking to rent long term. If you are just looking for something temporary then it may not be a bad idea if the monthly rent is reasonable. Keep in mind if it does go to foreclosure the property no longer belongs to the current owner and you will have to move out once it is foreclosed upon.
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Aaron Zapata, Agent, Placentia, CA
Thu Jan 27, 2011
No - it's a bad idea. Don't do it.
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Phil Rotondo, Agent, Melbourne, FL
Thu Jan 27, 2011
I agree.....short term with little or no notice is an option.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Thu Jan 27, 2011
This depends on how far along in the process the bank is with thr foreclosure and, you are comfortable with a short term rental, and if you can pick up and move rather quickly with notice.

If you can get a decent monthly rental price...and you can deal with the above outlined issues.......why not?
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Robert Nowak, Agent, Chicago, IL
Wed Jan 26, 2011
Definitely a bad idea since it may be difficult to find out if you are paying rent to the owner or a scam artist. You will also get evicted once the foreclosure is final.
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Brad Davidson, Agent, Placentia, CA
Wed Jan 26, 2011
Keep in mind that you're paying rent to someone who isn't paying their mortgage. Just taking your money and sticking it in their pockets. You would also want to make sure that the person who you are paying rent to is actually the owner not some scam artist who found a vacant house to rent out.

Good idea? Certainly not a good long term plan.
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