Property repossession has become very common in the recent past especially due to the current hard economic times. Usually, repossession comes about when a property owner becomes unable to pay off the property’s mortgage or any other loan borrowed using the property as collateral. However, despite the repossession of property being disservice to the owner, it presents a viable investment opportunity for real estate investors. When you are planning on buying a repossessed property, there are a few facts you should be aware of. These include:
How well do you know the property?
Since the seller (bank or any other organization tasked with selling repossessed property) does not have personal knowledge of the property, he/she/it may not provide enough information about the property. Due to this, you need to do your own research prior to the purchase of the property and gather as much information about the property as possible. This is so that you can know if there are legal issues with the sale of the property and any other relevant information about the sale of the property.
Are you financially able to buy the property?
A repossessed property may appear to be quite cheap but it may not be necessarily cheap as you think. This is because the sale of such a property is processed and finalized within a very short time period, mostly within 14 days. Due to this, you need to ensure that you have the cash to purchase the property or an ideal financial plan from your financial adviser that will cover the purchase of the house within the short deadline imposed by the seller.
Does the seller have all the necessary documents?
Sellers of repossessed property always aim at maintaining their legal costs and other expenses to a minimum while at the same time limiting their liability on the property after sale. As such, it is important to ensure that before you complete the purchase process, the seller has all the required documents such as building control certificates, planning permissions and other relevant documents. Buying a property without these documents and paperwork may turn out to be a very expensive investment venture for you especially if you have to source the documents yourself.
Even though property repossession seems to be very favorable to real estate investors, it is advisable to take your time and preferably hire a professional agent to guide you on purchasing such property.