Before you venture into the Erie foreclosure market, you need to decide whether a short sale or foreclosure is better for you. A foreclosure is also known as a bank owned home or REO (real estate owned). These terms all refer to the fact that ownership of the home has reverted to the lender, so buyers will need to negotiate with a bank instead of a private homeowner. At below market prices, foreclosure properties can provide buyers with a great opportunity to buy affordable real estate in the Boulder region. The median price for Erie foreclosures is currently around $240,000.
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Erie Bank Owned Homes & Short Sales
Unlike bank owned homes, short sales take place prior to the foreclosure filling, when a homeowner is having difficulty paying their mortgage. Essentially, the homeowner tries to sell his or her home for less than is owed on the mortgage. This requires approval from the lender, but is one way for both parties to avoid the foreclosure process.
For buyers, short sales can be an excellent way to save money on a house, while being less risky than a foreclosure. This is because the homeowner is still living in the house and actively trying to attract a buyer. The homeowner is motivated to sell, so he will care for the house more than someone losing their home to foreclosure.
There are drawbacks however, as short sales can be time consuming and require a lot of paperwork. There's also no guarantee that the bank will approve of a short sale, but if you find a property you love, a short sale might be worth the effort. Our team of Erie real estate agents will be able to recommend properties that make good financial sense.
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Listing information last updated on May 25th, 2013 at 11:15am MDT.