Posted by js-Indianapolis on July 16, 2003 at 19:04:30:
What expereience have you had? There’s only about 5 ways that I go about it for my area. I’m sure one would work in yours. For the record, this is a judicial state.
First thing I could do is check the public records computers for a case summary after a judgement. That has the amount of the first, and the other liens that came on board. I usually see lawyers fees of $1500, and court filing cost of $107. Not much to worry about in court and lawyers fees considering the cost of a house.
Or, you can get the court case file itself, and have a look see. Obviously, that’s going to have everything.
Another thing I do is call the friendly lady who handles the sales and say, “I’m just looking to get the bank’s opening bid on 123 Main, the Sellers’ House.” Normally, it’s about what the bank was owed. And before I get heat for that, yes, I’ve seen the occassional oddball half price opening bid. Never have I seen more than what’s owed.
And if none of this is available in your area? why not just do a quick title peek on it?
As far as REO’s less desirable in a stong market, you’re on it. I called on one today, just got the lead from a friend who saw it vacant. asking $97K on a house that’s worth $140K ARV. I’d guess 20K in repairs. They’ve taken 13 offers before the bank has had a chance to respond. Yeah, that’s a little out there. I’m gong to make it 14, just to give the realtor something to do. Why not?