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2010
How the auctioning of bank repossessed properties works

Bank repossessed properties are one of the most cost-effective ways of obtaining real estate. Many people don’t even know about this option, while other potential investors are wary of bank repossessed properties. The fact of the matter is that these bank repossessed properties are a great way of investing in real estate due to the fact that “normal” quality properties can be obtained for a price significantly below the market average. As with any other form of real estate, you can have the purchasing and associated administration handled by real estate agencies and similar services. If, however, you prefer to cut out these middlemen, bank repossessed property offers an easy and effective way of purchasing the property yourself by way of auction.

The auctioning of bank repossessed property is becoming increasingly popular; although it the practice is still relatively unknown enough to ensure you won’t have thousands of bidders to compete with. There are two very important things you’ll need to do before engaging in the business of bank repossessed property: you’ll need to do proper research and finalise all financing. The research involves doing a background check on the bank repossessed property in question, as well as the auctioneers. Establish that the auctioning agency is in fact legitimate and licensed before you even consider taking part. Secondly you’ll need to have the property you’re interested in checked out. Make sure that property is actually for sale. You’ll also need to determine whether the property is worth the asking price, and whether there are any hidden costs or dangers. In order to establish the latter you might want to consider investing in a professional, accredited survey of the property.

After having certified that the property and price are up to scratch, you can start planning for the auction itself. A very important aspect of bidding is to decide on a strategy and a limit of what you’re willing to pay for the bank repossessed property. Strategy wise it’s important to not let anyone know anything they don’t need to. No one needs to know what your bidding limit is – they don’t even need to know what property you’re interested in beforehand. Also, it’s generally wise to not get involved in the bidding too early in the auction, but rather take some time to determine the swing of things. Lastly, and most importantly, never pay more for the bank repossessed property in question that you limited yourself to prior to the auction.

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