Believe it or not, these discounted properties are available. Banks, government
agencies, and portfolio lenders have these REO (real estate owned) properties for sale.
These properties are usually acquired by the bank when the property is foreclosed. Then
the bank tries to auction the property. If the property is not sold at auction, then the
property becomes a "bank owned REO property". Real estate investors can purchase these
vacant REO properties, directly from the bank, rather dealing with an emotional,
distressed homeowner who is in a bad situation.
"I just wanted to tell you that I "closed" my 1st deal with a partner in my investment
club yesterday. We are rehabbing a 3-2-2 w/sunroom and other amenities. I am so
excited!!!....Thanks Gary!!!" -D.H.
Successful real estate investors know where to acquire these discounted property leads
and focus only on those deal types. Rehab lenders base their loans on the ARV (after
repair value) of the property. This is a huge advantage for a real estate investor
because the loan is not based on the "as is" value of the property. For example, a rehab
property may have an "as is" value of $50,000, but the rehab after repair value could be
as much as $125,000 and sometimes more. Most often, rehabs are only "cosmetic" which
means that the property may need improvements such as painting, flooring, cabinets,
appliances, and landscaping. Rehabs requiring more extensive remodeling such as adding a
bedroom, bathroom, or garage, are also completed by investors.