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Monday, February 10, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Can iBuyers overcome these five problems?

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems.

We wrote last week about how iBuyers like OpenDoor, Zillow Offers, Offerpad and Knock are threatening the existence of buyer agents. Judging from the response, it rattled a few cages. Realtors are slowly waking up to the presence of iBuyers as the concept spreads out across the country. But iBuyers are facing a few problems of their own which should be noted.

An iByer is a company or investor which uses Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) to make instant offers on homes. It allows sellers to close on a property quickly. Once sold, the company then turns around and resells the home, hopefully at a profit.

Their model simplifies the buying and selling of homes to a retail formula. Instead of Realtors acting as go-betweens, matchmakers for buyers and sellers who skim a little off the top, iBuyers are becoming home retailers - buying wholesale and selling (hopefully) at a profit. A six to 12 percent fee cu ...

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Friday, February 7, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Buying a Foreclosure Home: Negotiations and Financing.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems


The wheels of banking grind exceedingly slow, and purchasing a foreclosure home is no exception. The start of a buyer's long road to owning a distressed property starts with making an offer, and proceeds through negotiations to closing. Most lenders with properties to get rid of are accustomed to low-ball offers. Buyers making offers that are at least 20% below the current market price are normal. A lender might agree to offers even lower than that if the particular property has been on their books for a long time. Lenders will also discount properties in an area with a high incidence of foreclosures. 

Many times, the winning offer will be all cash, including enough for the property and any necessary renovations. This is why buyers will often team up with outside investors who can help them cover up-front costs, then share any profits when the home is sold. 

Financing an REO.
Lenders don't part ...

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Thursday, February 6, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Buying a Foreclosure Home: Risk and Reward.

While below market prices on foreclosure homes offer a big payday to investors, they also come with potentially significant risk. Anyone tempted by windfall profits should be aware that buying a distressed property isn't a guarantee they'll make money, or even get their investment money back.

Foreclosure homes are attractive to investors and buyers because they can be had at a significant discount off their market value. Distressed properties are always sold below other non-distressed comparable properties in similar areas. Lenders anxious to off-load an asset sometimes give enticements to buyers like lower interest rates and downpayments, and cutting out certain fees and closing costs.

Buyers know that the sellers of a short sale or a home in pre-foreclosure are having financial problems and aren't in a position to be tough negotiators. They are also in a time crunch to sell the property themselves before the lend takes it over. If they can't unload it, they're faced with losi ...

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Thursday, February 6, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Confused between Appraised Value and Assessed Value? A lot of people are...

Do you live in NY’s Hudson Valley? Do you know that your taxes are based on the Assessed Value of your home, not the Current Market Value? You may well be paying more taxes than you should. Want a reduction GPS is here to help? One of our neighborhood Local Area Specialists who hold the PSA (National Association of Realtors Pricing Strategy Advisor) designation, will come to your house and do a complete and thorough walk-through, as we know only too well that no one house is the same as another, and it’s imperative to have a thorough understanding of your property’s attributes to price it correctly. Once we have your property’s details we analyze comparable sales in combination with your neighborhood market trends. Our PSA will then provide you with a suggested pricing report for review and discussion with our recommended Tax Grievance Attorney. Call us for your complimentary consultation today. +1914-368-0022

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

How to go Foreclosure Home bargain hunting.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems

Buying a foreclosure home (known to the industry as a "Distressed Property) in the Hudson Valley has never been easier. Finding and acquiring a property in foreclosure used to be a difficult, drawn-out process. Real estate bargain-hunters had to sift through reams of legal filings to find lists of auctions at the county clerk's office, attend Sheriff's auctions, and scan newspaper legal notices. It took a lot of patience because the process was so cumbersome.

Prior to the sub-prime real estate meltdown in late 2007, foreclosures were rare.  When the real estate bubble burst, many borrowers were unable to make payments on their subprime mortgages. The foreclosure rate soared and lenders were forced to streamline the foreclosure process to handle the high volume of loan defaults.

Today, the process for finding distressed properties is much like shopping for any other kind of home. Even though the vast bu ...

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