Making an offer on REO property or a foreclosure in Concord?

Foreclosed upon and bank owned property purchases require the assistance of an experience professional. Should you have any questions about real estate in Concord, New Hampshire, call us or send us an e-mail.

What's an REO?

New Way Realty has experience to share with foreclosures and bank owned properties in Concord, New Hampshire

"REO" is an abbreviation for Real Estate Owned. These are properties which have completed the foreclosure process and are presently possessed by the bank or mortgage company. This is unlike real estate up for foreclosure auction.

When buying a property during a foreclosure sale, you must pay at least the loan balance plus any interest and other fees added during the foreclosure process. You must also be ready to pay with cash in hand. To top everything off, you'll receive the property totally as is. That possibly may include prevailing liens and even current tenants that may require eviction.

A bank-owned property, conversely, is a much neater and attractive option. The REO property did not find a buyer during foreclosure auction. The lender now owns it. The bank will attend to the elimination of tax liens, evict occupants if needed and generally organize for the issuance of a title insurance policy to the buyer at closing.

Note that REOs may be exempt from standard disclosure requirements. For example, in North Carolina, it is optional for foreclosures to have a Property Disclosure Statement, a document that ordinarily requires sellers to reveal any defects they are aware of. By hiring New Way Realty, you can rest assured knowing all parties are fulfilling New Hampshire state disclosure requirements.

Is REO property in Concord a bargain?

It's commonly thought that any REO must be a steal and a chance for guaranteed profit. This isn't necessarily true. You have to be cautious about buying a REO if your intent is to make money. Even though the bank is often eager to offload it fast, they are also motivated to get as much as they can for it.

New Way Realty has experience to share with foreclosures and bank owned properties in Concord, New Hampshire Look closely at the listing and sales prices of comparable homes 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. It is possible to find REOs with money-making potential, and many people do very well buying and selling foreclosures. But, there are also many REOs that are not good buys and not likely to turn a profit.

Time to make an offer?

Most lenders have a department dedicated to REO that you'll work with when buying REO property from them. To get their properties advertised on the local MLS, the lender will often use a listing agent.

Before 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 concerning the condition of the property and what their process is for getting offers. Since banks typically sell REO properties "as is", you'll want to be sure and include an inspection contingency in your offer that gives you time to check for hidden damage and withdraw the offer if you find it. As with making any offer on real estate, you'll make your offer more attractive if you can include documentation of your ability to pay, such as a pre-approval letter from a lender.

After you've made your offer, it's customary for the bank to respond with a counter offer. Then it will be up to you to decide whether to accept their counter, or make another counter offer. Understand, you'll be contending with a process that usually involves several 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.

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