Identifying Common Bank Owned Auctions Pitfalls

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Houses that are sold through bank owned auctions can provide an investor or a regular homebuyer with a good deal; that is, if they knew what they are doing and are aware of the possible pitfalls commonly associated with such deals.

Potential Benefits to Buyers

Most property lenders or banks that auction off properties are more willing to offer them at fair market values, unlike when a home is sold as an REO property. Auctions are also clear on the closing date, which eliminates buyer worries regarding how much time they have until they can no longer bid on the property.

Majority of auctions also have due diligence provisions of comprehensive details on the house being sold. If the buyer has conducted his or her own research on the property, they can use these details to compare information and find out more about the property they are trying to purchase.

Auctions also eliminate the problem of worrying about unexpected competition after the deal has been sealed, even from bidders who can make better offers, since once the auction is done and the winning bidder has been announced, that bidder automatically owns the property.

The Not So Good Aspect of Auction

Homes under bank owned auctions are not exempted from problems of eviction. This means that it is also possible for an auctioned property to be still occupied by the former owners. Sometimes, former owners try to get back at their lenders by thrashing the place, effectively increasing the expenses of the buyer since he or she would need to take care of the repairs.

The winning bidder in an auction is also required to put down the money for the property in cashier’s check or in cash the moment he or she won the bidding war. For auction bidders, it is necessary to attend auction events armed with cash that is at least equivalent to the amount of bid that he or she is going to put down for a property.

There are some good things about buying properties at bank owned auctions, although there are also the usual problems. The best thing for a buyer to do is to research a property that he or she would like to bid on and to hire a professional agent to help in evaluating the worth of the house.