There are lots of terms in the real estate world. Some of the terms are often confused with one another and it becomes difficult for the common people to distinguish one term from the other. Foreclosures, bank owned properties, short sales etc are some of those terms which need to be cleared for the common public. There is a confusion regarding bank owned properties and foreclosures. Some people think they are the same, but in reality there is a difference between them. A major distinction among them is the way in which these properties are sold.
Individuals who take loan of a certain amount of money and keep their homes as mortgages are subject to this type of real estate terms. Whenever an individual is unable to pay their loan, the lenders take up the property of the borrower and foreclose it. An auction is held for people to bid and win that property. If any person buys the property then it gets sold to him/her. If nobody buys that property then the mortgage ceases and the property becomes a bank owned property.
In case of negotiations, bank owned properties are always on the lookout for selling the properties in the same condition as they were from the time of auction. In case of foreclosures this is not the case. Thus while buying a bank owned property it is essential to keep a watch on the price as well as to get the repair work within the said price. In case of bidding for the foreclosures, a minimum bid which covers all the interest, principal amount as well as the extra expenses is to be made by the bidder. The bidder with the highest amount gets to buy the property.
When the question of legal matters arises, it is essential to get the property checked thoroughly by experienced real estate attorney. The role of the attorney is to check the documents related to the foreclosure. Bank owned properties are targeted to be sold quickly as the banks are already over laden with inventory. Generally purchases of foreclosures are more risky than the bank owned properties. In case of bank owned properties the buyer gets to sign an agreement and have eventualities but in case of foreclosures, there are no such eventualities. Foreclosure sales are more fruitful for investors rather than home buyers. Thus in case of buyers, it is better to get all the information before getting into the bidding.