Foreclosure Buyers: “Don’t be Tempted by Price Alone”

Buyers may be swayed by the big bargain prices that foreclosures often offer. But before they jump in, some housing experts say they need to be warned that it may not be as big of bargain as they believe. 

For example, often times, foreclosed homes are sold “as-is,” but if the homes have been left vacant for awhile it may have lots of maintenance and damage issues that might not make it such a great bargain after all. Housing experts recommend getting a home inspector to look at the property before submitting an offer—regardless of it being sold in “as-is” condition—so that buyers can know what they’re getting into and the potential price tag for any needed repairs. In our Sierra Foothills region of Placerville California, we also recommend buyers obtain a home warranty if possible.  

Buyers should also be aware that closing costs may be more expensive when buying a foreclosed property since banks will not absorb some of the costs.

Source: “Focusing on Foreclosures; Buyers Are Warned to do their Homework Before Closing a Deal,” Buffalo News (Nov. 27, 2011)