Distressed Properties – Types of Distressed Homes

Distressed properties, Foreclosures, Bank Owned Homes and Short Sale Homes. What are all these new real estate terms? This new Real Estate terminology seems to be causing some confusion in the Arizona real estate markets as well as nationally. Below you find some definitions and clarifications of these commonly used real estate terms. These distressed property definitions are not Arizona specific and are defined the same in any State. Bank Owned Homes– The bank or lender foreclosed on the property through a Trustee Sale and now has full ownership of the home. In essence, foreclosure, bank owned homes and Real Estate Owned (REO) are synonymous with one another. For more information or to read more about the process of a bank owned home, click Bank Owned Homes. Foreclosures - A Foreclosure is a legal proceeding in which the Mortgage Company (Bank or Lender) terminates their relationship with the homeowner after the homeowner has defaulted on the original terms of the Deed of Trust. The ownership of the home then reverts back to the Mortgage Company. In Arizona real estate, this is known as a non-judicial foreclosure. Once the property is owned by the Mortgage Company they will attempt to sell the home or parcel of land in the future. The term foreclosure is also referred to as Real Estate Owned (REO) homes or Bank Owned homes. For more information or to read more about the process of a bank owned home, click Foreclosures. Loan Modification – The lender, bank, or Mortgage Company who holds the note on the loan agrees to modify the original terms of the loan. An example might be a reduction of the interest rate or changing the length of the loan from 30 years to 40 years. One of the main requirements to qualify for a loan modification is to prove to the lender you have a “hardship”. If the lender agrees to modify the loan, they seldom will reduce the principal balance of the original note. For more information or to read more about the process of a loan modification, click Loan Modification. Pre-Foreclosure - A pre-foreclosure occurs when the homeowner is at least 90 days late on their mortgage payment and have been given a Notice of Default by their Mortgage Company. This creates a window of time for the homeowner to bring the loan current, successfully complete a short sale, or have the home sold at a Trustee Sale. The Trustee Sale is an auction typically conducted on the courthouse steps. For more information or to read more about the process of a Pre-Foreclosure, click Pre-Foreclosure. Short Sale- In Real Estate, a short sale home is one where the homeowner owes more than the property is currently worth. The homeowner could have one, two, or even three mortgages on the home. The seller or homeowner must make arrangements with their Mortgage Company or companies to accept less than what is owed on the property if the seller decides to sell. For more information or to read more about the process of a Short Sale, click Short Sale. Trustee Sale- A Trustee sale is an auction open to the public. It is held by the trustee, who acts as a third party on behalf of the lender. The lender is also known as the beneficiary. The lender prepares a credit bid, also referred to as the opening bid. Trustee Sales occur several times throughout any given day. They have specific restrictions and rules that must be followed to the letter of the law, to avoid legal ramifications set forth by the trustee. For more information or to read more about the process of a Trustee Sale, click Trustee Sale. Still have questions? We are here to help and service our buyer's and seller's needs. Our real estate agents are very experienced and knowledgeable with distressed properties and all facets of the real estate industry. Please take a moment to fill out the form below and one of our real estate professionals will get back to you promptly.

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