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 plug....contact me at Laura.A.Key@gmail.com) 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! Laura.A.Key@gmail.com
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