Foreclosure Deals

Bargain hunters and first-time home buyers alike almost always have questions about the value of buying foreclosed homes. Realtors have access to listings of foreclosed homes being sold at prices that are extremely competitive in today's housing market.

When realtors show potential buyers foreclosed properties, they should make every effort to convey the difficulties that a new home owner may experience once the sale is complete. If you are considering the purchase of a foreclosure property that may be too large of a commitment for your lifestyle, a good realtor will be honest and share his or her concerns with you. This is because good realtors want their clients to be happy with their purchase, and therefore try to ensure that each client is making the best decision for his or her particular circumstances.

Alaska Bank Owned ForeclosuresLogistically, the process of searching for a foreclosed home is very similar to that for any other home. Specific listing services provide information to potential buyers, and realtors receive additional information that they can share with potential buyers.

Potential buyers usually want more information about foreclosed homes than what is available. Understand that when you seek information about a home being sold through a foreclosure sale service, your realtor will probably need additional time to find the answers you need.

A foreclosure is almost always a home that was purchased by a buyer with a federally insured mortgage. The buyer then defaulted on the loan and the home went into foreclosure. Because the borrower's mortgage was federally insured, the insuring agency was required to satisfy the remaining balance of the loan, in essence buying the home from the lender.

Obviously, the government does not want or need this surplus property. Therefore, the government usually sells the property to a company which specializes in the sale of foreclosed properties. These agencies are located across the country and list thousands of homes for sale.

Some of the higher-quality homes in affluent areas are sold immediately, perhaps even before they are officially listed for sale.  This leaves average home buyers with opportunities to save a significant amount of money if and when they find a home that works well for their current situation.

Many foreclosed homes have been vacant for a long time before the listing agency places them on the market for sale. The risk of problems arising from that vacancy may leave buyers disillusioned when they finally have a chance to visit the homes they are considering.

Also, in some foreclosure situations, the previous borrower may not have maintained the home adequately and there may be missing or damaged items throughout the home. Sometimes foreclosure homes are referred to as buyer beware, because they are almost always sold as-is.

The three most common questions that realtors are asked about foreclosed properties:

1. How Can I Find a List of Foreclosures?

Stay away from companies that promise to provide you with a list of homes that you can purchase for pennies on the dollar. These companies have been known to provide sellers with lists of homes that have already sold, or lists of homes that are already available for free through realtors.

The same federal agencies that put the homes up for sale may be willing to extend financing to potential buyers. These agencies will sometimes give the buyer grant money or a low-cost second mortgage loan to be used for the repair.

The Internet is a good place to begin your search. Most reputable agencies place their listings of foreclosed properties online.

If you want to know whether additional foreclosed homes are for sale in your area, contact us. Our realtors would be more than happy to meet with you to discuss the possibilities.

2. Do I get pre-approved for a regular mortgage?  Or Am I Required to Pay Cash?
A common misunderstanding among potential buyers is that unless they are prepared to pay cash on the spot, they cannot purchase a foreclosed home. This is simply not true. Some lenders offer special loan programs aimed at borrowers who intend to buy a foreclosed home.

Lender appraisals and inspections may sometimes make it difficult to obtain a mortgage for a foreclosed home that has been damaged or is in need of significant repair. Consequently, the same federal agencies that put the homes up for sale may be willing to extend financing to potential buyers. These agencies will sometimes give the buyer grant money or a low-cost second mortgage loan to be used for the repair of the home.

In sum, you do not need to pay cash. However, you may need to borrow a specific type of mortgage loan, depending on the home's condition and price.

3. Will I save a lot by buying a foreclosed home?
Another common misconception is that foreclosed homes are priced at pennies on the dollar. Well, if you consider this phrase to mean 99 pennies on the dollar, then you may be correct. Generally, foreclosed homes are listed for sale at their approximate market value, according to the home's location and condition.

Some foreclosed homes sell for very low prices, but in most of those cases the homes were razed in order to make room for new construction. More commonly, high-priced homes in affluent areas sell for a few percentage points less than their current market value. If this is the type of deal that you are looking for, then definitely consider purchasing a foreclosed home.

A good realtor will warn you up-front that the costs associated with buying a foreclosed home can be significant. The buyer may be required to perform very costly repairs before occupying the property. Also, these buyers may be unable to take advantage of low interest-rate specials offered by lenders.

If you are considering the purchase of a foreclosure, be realistic in your expectations and prepare to expect the unexpected. Many buyers are thrilled with their home after purchase, but others are forced to complete months of costly repair work before they can move in. As long as you investigate the possible options, including the available mortgage and assistance programs, you will be an educated consumer prepared to make an educated purchase. Buying a home is often the largest investment that you will ever make, so you need to feel secure in the knowledge that you have invested wisely.

If you are interested in purchasing a foreclosure property, many realtors will offer you the benefit of their experience and expertise. Realtors normally do not work with these types of sales every day, but they do have access to information and property listings that can help you decide whether buying a foreclosed property is the right option for you.

Bank Owned Foreclosures

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100 Kenai Street
Whittier, AK 99693
100 Kenai Street Whittier, AK 99693
1 of 12
$25,000 ( $14,900 )
Subdivision: Begich Towers
BEDS
2
BATHS
1
SQ.FT.
749
BUILT
1958
ON SITE
68Days
MLS
17-13999
2 bedroom condo unit in the Begich Towers on the 3rd floor. Seller is Credit Union 1. Please present all offers.
22717 Sherman Street
Chugiak, AK 99567
22717 Sherman Street Chugiak, AK 99567
1 of 11
$50,000 ( $7,500 )
Subdivision: Bear Mountain
BEDS
2
BATHS
1
SQ.FT.
1,040
BUILT
1983
ON SITE
44Days
MLS
17-15477
Top floor condo in Chugiak. Unit offers a nice balcony area, fireplace in living room. Nice sized bedrooms. Detached carport area for parking. Dues include heat, water, sewer, snow removal, ext...
314 Dunbar Avenue
Fairbanks, AK 99701
314 Dunbar Avenue Fairbanks, AK 99701
1 of 14
$59,000
Subdivision: Hamilton Acres
BEDS
3
BATHS
2
SQ.FT.
2,199
BUILT
1954
ON SITE
10Days
MLS
17-17232
Duplex with 2 bedrooms 1 bath up and 1 bedroom 1 bath down. Each level has an extra room plus the downstairs has the laundry room. Big lot,fully fenced, with alley access in back. One car garage....
Mi 11 Edgerton Highway
Chitina, AK 99586
Mi 11 Edgerton Highway Chitina, AK 99586
1 of 13
$62,500
Subdivision: Kings Plat
BEDS
3
BATHS
3
SQ.FT.
1,500
BUILT
1979
ON SITE
101Days
MLS
17-11543
Beautiful View Lot with a incomplete attempt to make a home from a portion of the old Kenny Lake School. Place has been Vandalized and used a flop house so there is a lot to do to make livable.
177 5th Street
Ouzinkie, AK 99644
177 5th Street Ouzinkie, AK 99644
1 of 29
$69,900 ( $18,600 )
Subdivision: Ouzinkie Tr C
BEDS
3
BATHS
1
SQ.FT.
984
BUILT
1981
ON SITE
49Days
MLS
17-15229
Single family ranch home on just under .5 acre lot. Property has a sauna, bath house and storage shed. See attachment for PAS requirements and WFHM offer submittal information in MLS document...
6038 E 12th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99504
6038 E 12th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99504
1 of 10
$74,900
Subdivision: Timber Manor
BEDS
2
BATHS
1
SQ.FT.
750
BUILT
1977
ON SITE
7Days
MLS
17-10271
Nice top floor apartment style unit with an open layout. This condo features a corner fireplace, deck off the dining area, nice size bedrooms, and covered parking.
17514 E Castle Rock Lane
Sutton, AK 99674
17514 E Castle Rock Lane Sutton, AK 99674
1 of 13
$84,000 ( $15,000 )
Subdivision: Seventeen Mile
BEDS
2
BATHS
1
SQ.FT.
884
BUILT
2009
ON SITE
110Days
MLS
17-10998
3D Immersive Virtual Tour available under the photo tab in MLS. Year round living or tucked away cabin in the woods that is not only affordable but available with owner financing. The home is at the...
37815 Fontaine Avenue
Sterling, AK 99672
37815 Fontaine Avenue Sterling, AK 99672
1 of 18
$85,000
Subdivision: Patten Tr 5A
BEDS
2
BATHS
3
SQ.FT.
1,920
BUILT
1982
ON SITE
3Days
MLS
17-17562
NICE LARGER PARCEL OF LAND HERE IS A GREAT CHANCE TO BUILD SOME EQUITY.THIS HOME IS ON BOROUGH MAINTAINED ROAD CLOSE TO TOWN BUT STILL OUT IN THE COUNTRY. OWNER WILL OFFER IN HOUSE FINANCING WITH 6%...
2690 Nikolai Street
Ninilchik, AK 99556
2690 Nikolai Street Ninilchik, AK 99556
1 of 5
$89,900
Subdivision: Happy Valley Vista
BEDS
3
BATHS
2
SQ.FT.
1,714
BUILT
1979
ON SITE
19Days
MLS
17-16848
Log sided home with partial inlet view. Previous listing indicates newer well and septic. Huge 3.5 acre lot provides for endless possibilities.
4010 Reka Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
4010 Reka Drive Anchorage, AK 99508
1 of 20
$98,042
Subdivision: Mountain Ash
BEDS
2
BATHS
2
SQ.FT.
1,152
BUILT
1971
ON SITE
8Days
MLS
17-17334
HUD Condominium for Sale. Townhouse Style Design. 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bathrooms, 1-Car Carport, Fenced-in patio. Wood Stove. Condominium is sold ''As-Is.'' Buyer to Verify All Information.
5357 S Garrett Drive
Big Lake, AK 99652
5357 S Garrett Drive Big Lake, AK 99652
1 of 13
$105,500 ( $10,000 )
Subdivision: Katie's Tr B
BEDS
3
BATHS
2
SQ.FT.
2,079
BUILT
1990
ON SITE
13Days
MLS
16-16593
This is a work in progress... well sort of. Needs work. Lots of square footage and potential. HUGE hunk of land, almost 12 acres. Easy access to town and nearby Echo Lake. Sold as is with...
29410 Bluebell Lane
Soldotna, AK 99669
29410 Bluebell Lane Soldotna, AK 99669
1 of 21
$109,900 ( $57,100 )
Subdivision: Char
BEDS
1
BATHS
2
SQ.FT.
2,496
BUILT
1978
ON SITE
147Days
MLS
17-8172
Split entry w/sm basement, lots of open floor space & rooms. Only 1 bedroom w/closet & egress window upstairs & 2 rooms downstairs c/b made into br. Extra hot tub room up & downstairs could be...
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Listing information was last updated on: 10/18/2017

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