7 steps to a great foreclosure buy
Make sure repair costs fit the plan
"For the homebuyer who's up for the challenge, it can mean getting a property at less than market value," says Aaron Lewis, broker/owner of The Lewis Team at Prudential California Realty in Turlock, Calif.
He offers this example: "If the home is listed at $170,000 and needs $10,000 worth of repairs, take a look at comparable properties in the area. If the house would be worth $200,000 with the repairs done, then you're getting a $200,000 property for $180,000 and that's a great deal."
In addition, to move properties more quickly, says F.F. "Chappy" Adams, president of Illustrated Properties, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., "lenders are often making significant repairs, replacing major items or offering repair assistance." That alone may make the home, once repaired, a good investment down the road.