Are there any particular requirements for me to purchase a Foreclosure or Short Sale in Kansas City?
This is part of a longer blog thread where we are talking about distressed sales in Kansas City, and more particularly in Johnson County Kansas, and what the differences are, and which one is right for you. You can read the first post on this topic here.
As with many things in life, buying a foreclosure deal in Johnson County also comes down to “The Benjamins” – Cash money, financing and/or a combination of both.
There is a big push for the foreclosures on the market to be purchased by Owner Occupants – people who are going to live there. Many of the government backed foreclosures and or big banks have a special period that only owner occupants can bid on a property. HUD call this the “exclusive” period which varies in length of time but can usually be about 14 days, and Fannie Mae calls this the “First Look Initiative”. During this time, no investors are able to submit an offer, therefore reducing the competition for these deals.
Just because you want to buy a foreclosure, doesn’t mean you can! Lending requirements for different loans have different “condition” requirements. That means, if you can only qualify for an FHA or VA type loan, the house may be in too rough of shape for it to pass the lenders appraisal process. A really good lender can explain all the different loan types available and what you will qualify for, I’m not going to get into that. Important thing to note is to tell your lender that you are considering looking at foreclosures and which loans will work for you.
Depending on the condition of the property the same lending requirements may apply here as well. On of the very biggest requirements in purchasing a short sale is PATIENCE. It can take 77 to 120 days for a Short Sale to close. So be prepared to make an offer, have the seller sign it and then wait for up to 3 months before you even get a response from the bank. It doesn’t mean that people are not doing their jobs, the banks are just that overloaded.
So, are there any particular requirements for me to purchase a Foreclosure or Short Sale in Kansas City? Mainly your financing, whether you are going to live there or not and your time frame are your most important factors.