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Foreclosures are NOT bargains

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Radio ads, printed ads, Web sites, news broadcasts and television shows give consumers the message that they can find bargains or even achieve wealth by purchasing bank-owned homes. Media hype is all around and in my market we even have bus tours of foreclosed homes. Real estate agents are bombarded with information on how to get rich selling foreclosures. Opportunities exist for investors and agents who want to run a high-volume, low-commission business. The homes and the opportunities are not as wonderful as the marketing leads us to believe. For most Realtors, foreclosures are a growing part of the inventory and we work with them because we have buyers who want to purchase them. The process of buying a home from a bank is different than buying it from a private party -- it is slower, and there is more paperwork and it always seems like the bank doesn't really care if the home gets sold. Getting these homes inspected is a challenge because often the water has been turn...