Buying REO property or a foreclosure in Orlando?
What is an REO?
"REO" or Real Estate Owned are properties which have been through foreclosure that the bank or mortgage company now holds. This is unlike a property up for foreclosure auction.
If you buy a property during a foreclosure sale, you must pay at least the loan balance plus any interest and other fees accumulated during the foreclosure process. The buyer must also be able to pay with cash in hand. And on top of all that, you'll receive the property 100% as is. That possibly could include standing liens and even current residents that may require eviction.
A bank-owned property, on the other hand, is a more tidy and attractive deal. The REO property didn't find a buyer during foreclosure auction. Now the bank owns it. The lender will take care of the elimination of tax liens, evict occupants if needed and generally arrange for the issuance of a title insurance policy to the buyer at closing.
Note that REOs may be exempt from typical disclosure requirements. For example, in Texas, it is optional for foreclosures to have a Property Disclosure Statement, a document that normally requires sellers to tell you about any defects they are aware of. By hiring G World Properties, you can rest assured knowing all parties are fulfilling Florida state disclosure requirements.
Is REO property in Orlando a bargain?
It's sometimes presumed that any REO must be a good deal and a chance for guaranteed profit. This isn't always true. You have to be cautious about buying a REO if your intent is to make money off of it. While it's true that the bank is often eager to offload it soon, they are also looking to minimize any losses.
Look closely at the listing and sales prices of competing properties in the neighborhood when making an offer on an REO. And factor in any repairs or upgrades necessary to prepare the house for resale or moving in. There are bargains with potential to make money, and many people do very well buying foreclosures. But, there are also many REOs that are not good buys and may lose money.
Ready to make an offer?
Most banks have staff dedicated to REO that you'll work with in buying REO property from them. To get their properties advertised on the local MLS, the lender will typically use a listing agent.
Prior to making your offer, you'll want to contact either the listing agent or REO department at the bank and learn as much as you can about what they know regarding the condition of the property and what their process is for taking offers. Since banks almost always sell REO properties "as is", you may want to include an inspection contingency in your offer that gives you time to check for unknown damage and terminate the offer if you find it. If, as a buyer, you can provide documentation proving your ability to pay, such as a pre-approval letter from a lender, your offer will be more attractive and likely be accepted. (This is generally true for any type of real estate offer.)
Once you've made your offer, it's customary for the bank to counter offer. From there it will be up to you to decide whether to accept their counter, or offer a counter to the counter offer. Understand, you'll be working with a process that most likely involves a group of people at the bank, and they don't work evenings or weekends. It's not unusual for the process of offers and counter offers to take days or even weeks.