Buying a HUD Home from the U.S. Government

Buying a HUD Home (aka HUD Repos and Foreclosures) listed through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are great home

owner opportunities; and although they're typically purchased by low to moderate income people anybody can buy them.

However, HUD has special purchase programs for educators and law enforcement officers.

Teachers, police officers and others are offered special housing incentives, and receive additional incentives to enter purchase homes in specific neighborhoods and communities.

Yep, if you’re a savvy buyer you can get an outstanding deal on a HUD foreclosure.

Don't have perfect credit? Don't worry about it, as HUD Repos are not limited to buyers with perfect credit.

In fact, you may be able to purchase a home with government assistance even if you have fallen on hard times or have less than stellar credit.

Let's take a quick peek at HUD Foreclosures available in your area, which you can do by clicking on the following link. Then, search by state, county, city, zip code, etc. Here's the link; Available HUD Homes

Now, when you find a home you're interested in pursuing find a HUD approved real estate office to show you the property. The link above will also point you to lists of approved offices.

When you meet with an agent the process for finding a HUD home is the same as for any home. Meet with an agent, and then tell them what you want in a home. The agent will then get to work looking for one that meets your needs. It's that simple!

A HUD property becomes available when a homeowner with a HUD insured mortgage cannot make payments. At that point it is foreclosed on.

Next, HUD pays the lender for what is owed on the property and takes ownership of the home. The homes are then auctioned off, and are sometimes auctioned off for less than the appraised market value. This is why such great deals can be found on HUD homes.

The auction is considered the “offer period”. Everyone places their bids and the highest bidder gets the house. You can submit a bid at any time if the house isn’t sold in the offer period. If HUD approves your bid, your agent will be contacted within 48 hours.

In the event that your bid wins, your agent will help you with the paperwork. Your settlement date will usually fall within 30-60 days of your winning bid. It is important to remember that you cannot finance a home through HUD.

So, you need to have your own financing arrangements. Have everything ready to go at the time you place your bid. If your bid wins, but you do not close, you may lose your deposit.

If the home is in need of repairs, the responsibility falls on you - the buyer. HUD homes are sold “as is” and do not come with a warranty, nor will HUD make any repairs. However, the price of the home is always adjusted downward to reflect the cost of repairs.

Never consider buying a HUD Repo unless you are willing to absorb the cost of repairs. However, in many instances the repairs might be minor, so don’t turn down a good home because it needs a little work.

Before looking for homes, you should determine what you are willing to spend in repairs and stick to it. Consequently, it is important to have the home inspected prior to making an offer so that you can figure the cost of repairs into your bid.

If you are purchasing a HUD home as a real estate investment you cannot bid during the initial offering period, because families in need of housing take priority. Therefore, the initial offering is only available to buyers with the intent to live in the home. If no one bids on the home, investors can then bid on it.

Finally, if foreclosure HUD listings cannot be sold within 6 months, HUD will then sell them to charities or agencies for the purpose of providing housing for needy families. Ultimately, the homes are likely going to end up with those individuals needing them the most.

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