Hassles of buying foreclosures at auction
An expert’s single word of advice for folks who dream of buying a foreclosed house at auction: Don’t.
“I caution anyone who isn’t in the (real estate) business: Buying (at auction) can be one of the worst decisions you’ll ever make,” says Jim Hamilton, a Realtor in Los Gatos, Calif. Another bit of counsel from Hamilton: If you want to buy foreclosures at auction, plan on making that your full-time job.
If buying a house is like navigating an obstacle course, then buying a foreclosure is like crossing a minefield. “Make sure your eyes are open and you’re educated (about the process),” says Hamilton, who is the National Association of Realtors vice president for the region of California, Hawaii and Guam.
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