Following a foreclosure, you, as the mortgage lender or investor, likely hope to sell the property at auction for all or close to what the default owner owed on the property. Unfortunately, if the auction fails to yield the price you want, the home will become a real estate-owned property. While you may be able to handle some properties on your own, there are others that may necessitate REO services. Below are a few reasons you may decide to make the investment.
You Need Help With the Legalities
Property foreclosures rarely occur without incident. Default home and building owners often feel entitled to remain in a home or building long after you inform them of your plans to foreclose, and even after you begin the foreclosure process. Though you may sympathize with them, the fact is that the longer a prior owner remains on the property, the more money you lose. An REO management company can take legal matters into its hands and handle forced evictions, among other less-than-desirable tasks.
You Need Help With Selling the Property
If a property fails to sell at auction, chances are you will struggle to sell it on the normal market. When this happens, REO services can step in and handle everything from readying the home for sale to taking pictures to listing it. The management company can even handle advertising, which can save you thousands. The best companies, though, can connect you with investors and other potential buyers, negating the need to prepare or advertise the property at all.
You Need Help With Additional Services
In addition to assisting with legalities and marking the property, some REO management companies take over other, menial tasks. Those include accounting, maintenance, closings and other issues that you may not have the time or inclination to do on your own.
REO services are not always necessary. However, when you do decide to make the investment, they can prove beneficial in multiple ways.