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Is there any difference between repossessed houses and foreclosures?

By Clint Jhonson

Many people don't have a clue about foreclosures. Or they have heard the word and think of them as discounted houses, but they are not aware of why they have been labeled under the foreclosed home type. Moreover, they tend to believe that foreclosures and repossessed houses are completely different categories and ask clarifications for each of them.

To start with, repossessed houses and foreclosures are quite close to be perfect synonyms. Both terms denote a property where the bank or the lenders have taken possession from the homeowner. The only difference is that foreclosures has a more general meaning, equally referring to foreclosed homes as well as to foreclosed properties, while repossessed houses is further particular and explicit. What really matters is the fact that they are great investment opportunities.

Repossessed houses are great investments especially for customers with a small budget, but with a big desire to buy a nice home for their families. At the moment, most people have assumed that, with their limited finances, they will never be able to but even a small house, especially given the costs of real estate getting bigger and bigger. But with the entry of repossessed houses or foreclosed houses the circumstances have become quite encouraging. Moreover, with a carefully thought bid, the right house for your family can be achieved for a 20-25% lower price than the real market price.

Repossessed houses or properties are a great investment option and it does not matter whether you are it as an individual or as an investor. There are many reasons for buying foreclosures. As an investor, once you bought a repossessed house way below the market price, you can have it repaired and then sell it at a higher price. This is a sure way of making some good profit. Individuals and investors take advantage of the fact that the owners of such repossessed houses, either government agencies, financial institutions or banks, are more than eager to sell these properties and get their money back, thus being willing to accept a lower price, a low cash down payment or flexible sales agreements. Moreover, when the owner of the foreclosure houses is a lending institution, you are most likely to be offered a good financing of the foreclosures.

The good price might be the main reason that makes foreclosures incredible bargains, but it is not the only one. Buying or investing in repossessed houses means also a fast return on the investment. Foreclosure houses usually need minor cosmetic repairs to make them ready to accommodate residents or to resell, so the investment will quickly increase in value. Repossessed houses are effortless to locate online, due to reliable foreclosures specialized companies such as They offer comprehensive foreclosures listings, including complete description of the property, full legal description and street address, contact information, price and so on, and a 24/7 service provided by a team of real estate professionals.
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Call them as you wish, but investing in repossessed houses or foreclosures is the only method where you can really hit the jackpot.

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