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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Auctions have been capturing alot of headlines lately!

So people are trying to sell me on auction services and of course everyone is asking what is better:

What's Better - REO or Bank Auction?

Big nationwide auctions have recently made headlines but what is actually better for the average investor...REO or bank auctions? Let's take a few minutes to examine the pros and cons for each.

Title -

Purchasing a property via auction frequently entails a commitment to all outstanding debts including unexpected liens and other judgments in addition to those for which the auction is taking place. By purchasing a bank owned property you will typically have assurance of clear title or at least a complete awareness of other fees or liens due.

Occupants -
Property sold at auction frequently has tenants or prior owners still in place, causing new owners to engage in immediate action in order to take possession. Bank owned properties have often evicted former occupants thereby eliminating the need for out of pocket legal expenses. Just keep in mind, this is changing and some short sale investors have encountered squatters. On the other hand, depending upon you plans for the property, having paying tenants may be a strong positive.

Finance Terms -
Auctions require advance funding to be in place while bank owned properties may actually offer added terms or beneficial interest rates in order to move a non-performing property off their portfolio. Since it can cost a lot of money for a bank to keep a property on their books, one way they entice others to purchase is by negotiating the terms of the finance offers. This is especially true in areas where lenders may be limited by the number of homes they can release on the market (ie, federal regulations prohibit "dumping" in certain neighborhoods - often the same ones where many non-performing loans were originally written). By offering highly favorable financial terms, banks are able to shift properties off their books without continuing to drive down prices.

Bottom line -
Short sales are perhaps the best bargain of all but don't underestimate the value in bank owned properties. Auctions are a lot of fun but not always indicative of the best value especially for those just starting out or who only intend to purchase one or two properties.

If you are searching for REO properties I am including a link for the properties directly from the banks. Review them and if you have any questions or need help growing your business let me know. We are opening offices Nationally but only one netbranch / partner per state!

Click on the link below for the list of properties for sale in your area: Most people would charge thousands for this list and inventory!!!
AltiSource Homes - formerly Ocwen

JP Morgan Chase Bank REO (also includes Wells Fargo properties):

M&T Bank REO:

Wachovia REO:

SunTrust REO:

Compass Bank REO:

Fannie Mae REO:

Freddie Mac REO:


Regions Bank Properties

Citibank REO

SBA Properties

FDIC Real Estate Owned

BB&T REO (Branch Bank and Trust)

Beal Bank Commercial REO

GRP Financial Services Properties

People's Bank REO,,1355,00.html

National City Mortgage REO

Taylor Bean REO

Downey Savings & Loan

Beal Bank



Compass Bank

Fannie Mae


Fidelity National Financial

First National Bank of Alaska

First Preston

Freddie Mac




HSBC Commercial


Kennedy Funding

Kentucky Housing Corporation

Keystone Asset Management

Lexington State Bank

M&T Bank

Mortgage Lenders Network

New South Federal Savings Bank

PNC Bank

Private Financial Services (Bank of OK)

Regions Bank

REO Trans

Security National

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Government Home Sales

Virginia Housing Development

Wells Fargo Commercial

Zions Bank

Angel Investors / Private Investors
Angel Investors

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