How To Take Advantage of the Current Housing Crisis
The current housing crisis provides the opportunity for many people to buy property at a greatly reduced price, thus savings potentially a great deal of money or earning a great deal of money. Some ways you can take advantage of the current market:
Foreclosures - When a home owner defaults on their mortgage, the lender reclaims the home and sells it. Foreclosures are often sold at greatly reduced prices and well under the current value of the home. The bank is most interested in recovering the money still owed by the previous owner. For example, if a house was purchased for $200,000 and the owner has a remaining balance of $100,000 owed but the house is currently valued at $300,000, the banks first concern is getting the remaining $100,000 owed, not selling for the current $300,000 value. Foreclosures are often sold through programs like HomePath Mortgage, and offer many benefits to the buyer.
Short Sales - A short sale is when a lender allows the home to be sold for less than what is owed on the home. In this case, a home owner who is trying to sell his home, can sell the home for less than what is owed and the lender still considers the load settled and does not require the buyer to keep making payments for the difference is selling price and loan balance. The allows a buyer to take great advantage and buy a home with equity from the start.
Rental Property - With the housing crisis and the cost of obtaining a new home, both in terms of pricing and interest rates, you may want to consider buying property and renting it out. Renting out property is a great way to bring income in and build equity at the same time. Take precautions to qualify your renters and start earning some money. Even for people who do not want to rent long term, it may still be advantageous to rent the property until the housing market recovers and sell for a great return on your money.
However you choose to take advantage of the current housing market, consider talking to a real estate agent or a mortgage consultant to help you navigate the benefits of each method. A good agent can help you find short sells, foreclosures and rental properties that will work for you and your financial situation. Signs are pointing to a recovering market now so don't wait, contact an agent and start looking today.
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