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Foreclosure Real Estate Sales
One of the most straightforward ways to find a discount home or other property is to scout out foreclosure sales in the area you are interested in.
A foreclosure occurs when a homeowner cannot afford to satisfy a major (usually a mortgage), and can no longer afford to live at their current residence. In the event of a foreclosure, properties are generally liquidated to cover the homeowner's obligations.
Although unfortunate for the former owner, foreclosures can offer an interesting opportunity for young homebuyers or low income families looking to buy their own homes. Because most foreclosures are priced for quick sale, it is often possible to get these properties at below market rates, and make it possible to enter a previously unattainable market.
The most important thing to consider, however, before buying one of these properties is the long-term expense involved. You need to think about why the former homeowner couldn't make the payments, and how you will avoid making the same mistakes.
Ultimately, it is a good idea to come up with a budget or long-term spending plan before making an offer, so as to ensure that you won't be facing a foreclosure of your own in a few months or years.
For more information about the U.S. real estate market, and how to buy homes at below market value, please refer to Cheap Real Estate.net.
About the Author: Jeremy Maddock is an online journalist, and owner of PropertyPlex.com, which provides real estate industry news and commentary.