Thinking of Buying A HUD Home? Part 1

Ok, so it's 2am and you can't sleep.  You are flipping through mindless and endless infomercials trying to figure out why the sandman has not visited your home and you come across a commercial that says "BUY A HUD HOME FOR $1 - JUST SEND US $19.95 for a complete list of listings!"  Ok, it sounds too good to be true, you figure $19.95 is not that much to spend and I was thinking I am ready to purchase home!

Let me save you the money and explain to you a little about HUD homes.  There is no special list and there are homes available for a special price but buying a HUD home for $1 is a way to catch your attention and if there is one, believe me, it is only for a special group of people or organizations.

HUD homes are an excellent way to purchase your first home, heck you can even buy a HUD home if you have purchased before.  HUD's are usually FHA approved which means you can obtain a loan with only 3.5% down.  And in some areas, HUD runs a wonderful incentive for buyers by offering only $100 for the downpayment.  Be aware, that program is not in all states and areas but it is out there!  I  have closed quite a few!  But I digress....HUD homes are generally a good value, most of the time they are priced a little lower than the value in the area, but if it's been on the market a while and they have lowered the price a few times, you have magically walked into a bit of equity! (NICE PERK)

What is the difference between a HUD home and a foreclosure.  Not much really...a HUD home is a home that was financed by a government loan and if someone lost a home, they buy it back from the lender so it becomes a government home.  Foreclosures are generally, not not always, homes purchased with a conventional loan.

Buying a HUD is a bit different.  There is a bidding period.  You will need a registered real estate agent to perform the process for you. (Shameless me at You do not know how many bids are in the system and once the bidding process is done and you are determined the winner, you will be on a timeline to get the paperwork into the correct people. 

But Laura, my Realty Goddess....what about the $1 HUD homes?  There are special programs out there to help non-profits and special people who serve our community.  The $1 homes (if any) are usually presented to the non-profits.  The special programs are usually offered to the following: Police Officers, Teachers, EMT's and Firefighters.  Those homes are won on a lottery bidding system.

*This ends Part 1 of "Thinking of Buying a HUD Home" tune in to the next episode where we will discuss the bidding progress and steps to closing the deal.

Contact me with any questions you may have!

*By Laura Key, please do not use without permission.