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while doing my weekend doorknocking i came across a home facing foreclosure in two weeks. this home was having an open house this sunday (i should have checked the mls before putting it on the door knock list). at any rate, the home is listed for $499k and the amount owed is $194k. i debated going in and introducing myself and mentioning that im in investor who is aware of the current situation and that i have buyers who might be interested. basically i wanted to find out what their lowest price would be. i had mixed views abouit how this would come across or even the right approach.

any of you guys approach preforeclosures that are listed and attempt to make a deal on the spot? if so, maybe you can shed some light on this situation a little.
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Is that $194K loan the first or second mortgage? I don't seem to find too many properties with that much equity going to foreclosure --if it is the first lien.
The owner has only two weeks. Do you know how much they need to make the loan current? What is the "real" FMV of the property? Are they already giving any discount on the listing price or that is the FMV?

What is your plan for the property? Flip it? rent it? How much would you pay for it, that it actually makes sense for you?
 
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I've used the "I'm an investor" approach and has not been successful for me. I think they saw me as a greedy guy ready to profit on their problems, or something like that. When I approach it from a perspective of a family guy looking for a house to live in I had better results, but I did it only once (I just needed one house to live in, after all).
 

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Two words: HONESTY and EMPATHY. Be honest with them (which doesn't mean you HAVE to divulge everything) and empathize with their situation. The more they sense you are honest and care about THEIR needs the easier it will be. Just as in any business, it's about solving THEIR problem.

The one thing I do when talking with homeowners is to give them a lot of options to explore first (e.g., loan forbearance, mortgage reinstatement, refinance, bankruptcy, foreclosure) and only afterward tell them about what services I can provide. Again, the keys are to be HONEST and be empathetic to their situation, and never come across pushy, being "salesman"-like, or not caring.
 

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Up front, let me say that I am not the one who typically handles the negotiations on these types of leads, for our company. It is my husband but I think he has come up with a very sensible approach.

He presents himself as a type of 'financial advisor' - who specializes in real estate. He will meet with the homeowner and present all of the possible options, which might help to resolve their issue. Examples, not limited to, following:

  • work out a payment plan with the bank until you get back on your feet - if the financial issue is a temporary problem
  • obtain a loan from a friend/family member
  • list the house FSBO or with a realtor
  • Accept a lower/cash offer
  • Short Sale
Spend time with the home owner and walk through each of the possibilities - best to present them in order of the most favorable to the least favorable. Give the owner tips, as to how they might better market their house, set up a loan with a friend, etc. Finally, make it perfectly clear that if none of the more favorable options are viable - or if time simply does not permit - that you are a person who could possibly help him/her with a cash offer or the short sale negotiation. TIME is one of the most (if not the most) critical factor here and they need to understand this as well. Waiting around and doing nothing is the absolute worst thing they can do....so while a low cash offer or short sale may not be ideal, IT IS BETTER THAN THE ALTERNATIVE - which is someone coming, forcing them out of their house and ruining their credit, for years and years to come. You are simply there to assist them in making the best of a bad situation.

If they seem to be in denial, bring comps and show them what homes are selling for in the neighborhood (or more likely, how long these other homes have been on the market and have NOT SOLD) recently.

We beleive honesty is best. Everyone feels better about the situation and, often, a trust is built. My husband has examples where he helped a home owner out of a bad situation (not to our benefit) only to yield a referral from that same owner, to a friend/family who was also in a bad situation but had run out of time/options, resulting in a deal for our company.

Be compassionate but firm. They are going through a very rough time but they must face the reality, which is that if they do not make a decision/take action, the decision will be made by someone else and the end result will no longer be in their control.

Obviously, this is just one approach - there are many. Hope this helps.
 

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phlgirl,

Thank you for your response. Ive been scratching my head about how to do this as well. From the books Ive read, they all basically say, "just go talk to the homeowner". There is obviously more to it then that. I like the idea of presenting options for them, even if sometimes it initially causes me to not process a deal.
 

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...
He presents himself as a type of 'financial advisor' - who specializes in real estate. He will meet with the homeowner and present all of the possible options, which might help to resolve their issue. Examples, not limited to, following:
  • work out a payment plan with the bank until you get back on your feet - if the financial issue is a temporary problem
  • obtain a loan from a friend/family member
  • list the house FSBO or with a realtor
  • Accept a lower/cash offer
  • Short Sale
Spend time with the home owner and walk through each of the possibilities - best to present them in order of the most favorable to the least favorable. Give the owner tips, as to how they might better market their house, set up a loan with a friend, etc. Finally, make it perfectly clear that if none of the more favorable options are viable - or if time simply does not permit - that you are a person who could possibly help him/her with a cash offer or the short sale negotiation.
I want to issue a warning about this approach.
Several states (I'm familiar with Maryland as I live in the area) are working on laws to 'protect' homeowners.
MD already passed such law.


Please take a look at this, which is currently in effect in MD:

Do not do anything that will define you as a foreclosure consultant in the eyes of the law. You may not act as a foreclosure consultant and take title to the property. Below are the things that make you a foreclosure consultant:
Definition of Foreclosure Consultant: Anyone who advertises or solicits to or contracts homeowners in pre-foreclosure in writing or through any electronic or telecommunications medium and directly or indirectly makes a representation or offer to perform any service that the person represents will:

    • Stop, enjoin delay, void, set aside, annul, stay or postpone a foreclosure sale,
    • Obtain a forbearance from any servicer, beneficiary or mortgagee,
    • Assist the homeowner to exercise a right of reinstatement provided in the loan documents or to refinance a loan that is in foreclosure and for which notice of foreclosure proceedings has been published,
    • Obtain an extension of the period of time within which the homeowner may reinstate the homeowners obligation or extend the deadline to object to a ratification of the foreclosure,
    • Obtain a waiver of an acceleration clause contained in any promissory note or contract secured by a mortgage on a residence in foreclosure or contained in the mortgage.
    • Assist the homeowner to obtain a loan or advance of funds.
    • Avoid or ameliorate the impairment of the homeowner’s credit resulting from the filing of a petition to foreclose or the conduct of a foreclosure sale.
    • Save the homeowners residence from foreclosure,
    • Purchase or obtain an option to purchase the homeowners residence within twenty (20) days of a docketed, scheduled or advertised foreclosure sale.
    • Arrange for a homeowner to become a lessee or renter entitled to continue to reside in the homeowners residence,
    • Arrange for the homeowner to have an option to repurchase the homeowners residence,
    • Engage in any documentation, grant, conveyance, sale, lease, trust or gift by which the homeowner clogs the homeowners equity of redemption in the homeowners residence,
    • Systematically contacts owners of property that court records, newspaper advertisements, or electronic media show are in foreclosure or are in danger of foreclosure.
If you do any of the above, you are considered to be a foreclosure consultant and you may not have any interest in the property.





The rest of the article can be found here http://www.profitable-partnerships.com/index.php?a_id=21


My suggestion is to get your self familiarized with this type of regulations as they may affect you and your business --I apologize for being "negative" but I think this is important for people to understand and know.
 

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In the below quote it says 20 days before auction (I understand other states may be different or not even have this rule) Doesn't that hurt the homeowner more then help them? I'm slightly confused as the purpose of that portion. Btw. thank you for the link.
  • Purchase or obtain an option to purchase the homeowners residence within twenty (20) days of a docketed, scheduled or advertised foreclosure sale.
 

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Actually that is what has been happening in MD (or so say the investors). But, like any rule, you just need to find ways around it. I've heard of people that approach the owner as consultants, and do not take title on the house... but they happen to know people that could help them if the homeowner wants. But yes, when the law was being proposed many investors lobbied unsuccessfully against it, trying to explain to the lawmakers why this was a bad idea. What's happening a lot is that many investors are specializing in REOs and do not help homeowners anymore. It is just one more example of a good intention by the lawmakers, with a terrible implementation. Now they just created a way to guarantee that the homeowner's only 'solution' is foreclosure.

This is the second article:
http://www.profitable-partnerships.com/index.php?a_id=22
 

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We have bought a couple of deals from homeowner in foreclosure or other wise in distress. I don't tell them I am an investor or that the house is for me. Most people tell other people to much of their business unnecessarily. I simply say, Hi, I'm Janet and I have been looking for a home in this area. I have a very flexible lender so I can possibly purchase your home fast enough to help you with the situation you are dealling with. Would you like to talk?
They don't need to know that I am a investor or that the reason I have a flexible lender is that my bank has standing credit for me because of the number of deals I do. I am not lying, I am truthful, I have been looking for a home in that area, that's how I found them. If they approached me outright and asked me if I was an investor I would answer truthfully but I have never been asked. People don't care about you and what your plans are or what your needs are. People care about their own problems and what you can do to help them solve them. After all if you are looking for a loan do you want to hear about what the loan officer is getting out of helping you with your loan, or do you want to know what he is going to do for you?
 

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We have bought a couple of deals from homeowner in foreclosure or other wise in distress. I don't tell them I am an investor or that the house is for me. Most people tell other people to much of their business unnecessarily. I simply say, Hi, I'm Janet and I have been looking for a home in this area. I have a very flexible lender so I can possibly purchase your home fast enough to help you with the situation you are dealling with. Would you like to talk?
They don't need to know that I am a investor or that the reason I have a flexible lender is that my bank has standing credit for me because of the number of deals I do. I am not lying, I am truthful, I have been looking for a home in that area, that's how I found them. If they approached me outright and asked me if I was an investor I would answer truthfully but I have never been asked. People don't care about you and what your plans are or what your needs are. People care about their own problems and what you can do to help them solve them. After all if you are looking for a loan do you want to hear about what the loan officer is getting out of helping you with your loan, or do you want to know what he is going to do for you?
:iagree: Very good post.
 

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I must have a "ask me if I'm an investor" sign on my forehead, I always got that question!!! oh well.
 

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...People care about their own problems and what you can do to help them solve them...

As skeptical as people get, they are more concerned about themselves getting out of trouble... hopefully people realize this when they read your post, Janet...

the best and most decent sales ploy in the book is nothing more than basically identifying and giving what the consumer/client (or in this case, the homeowner) wants and needs.

a home owner facing foreclosure realistically has little room for negotiation


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Two words: HONESTY and EMPATHY. Be honest with them (which doesn't mean you HAVE to divulge everything) and empathize with their situation. The more they sense you are honest and care about THEIR needs the easier it will be. Just as in any business, it's about solving THEIR problem.

The one thing I do when talking with homeowners is to give them a lot of options to explore first (e.g., loan forbearance, mortgage reinstatement, refinance, bankruptcy, foreclosure) and only afterward tell them about what services I can provide. Again, the keys are to be HONEST and be empathetic to their situation, and never come across pushy, being "salesman"-like, or not caring.
yes i agree with these statements and that is the approach i take when visiting people in preforeclosure. the situation is a little different due to a realtor involved. i believe they will shun investors because they feel it will hurt their commission.
 
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We beleive honesty is best. Everyone feels better about the situation and, often, a trust is built. My husband has examples where he helped a home owner out of a bad situation (not to our benefit) only to yield a referral from that same owner, to a friend/family who was also in a bad situation but had run out of time/options, resulting in a deal for our company.

Be compassionate but firm. They are going through a very rough time but they must face the reality, which is that if they do not make a decision/take action, the decision will be made by someone else and the end result will no longer be in their control.

Obviously, this is just one approach - there are many. Hope this helps.
Great to see that my business approach is also being done by others. I myself have also helped homeowners stay in their and received 0 compensation. Perhaps I should have requested a thank you letter or something similar to show other homeowners..hmm
 
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hey everyone,

i'm glad this topic has been helpful to others as far as approaching people in preforeclosure/foreclosure.

i'd like to backtrack just a tad here and stress the fact that i'm looking for approaches in which the home is alread listed. i myself have the "im here to help" approach, but as ive mentioned above, i think having the home listed changes things slightly...or at least provides a situation where the approach should be modified a little.
 

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Very good info, Andviv. Thank you :) Very important to know all of the regulations. I should have stated that we do not advertise ourselves as financial advisors..... we simply use the 'we buy houses' approach. It's more the behavior of an advisor, where the options are presented - educating the homeowner - and then allows the owner to make an informed decision.
 
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Re: approaching homes facing foreclosure that are listed with an

while getting ready for my day job (hah!) this morning. i realized how this thread could have become confusing. I take blame for that.

I would use the same approach to homes that are listed. I guess I should really clarify that during my doorknocking the one home had an open house. This is where I feel my approach would be different. Sorry for the misunderstanding. On that note, would any of you approach open houses? While writing this, I feel as if I can answer my own question where it would probably be best to approach after ;)
 

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yes i agree with these statements and that is the approach i take when visiting people in preforeclosure. the situation is a little different due to a realtor involved. i believe they will shun investors because they feel it will hurt their commission.
I am a realtor. I disagree with the statement that realtors will shun investors because it will hurt their commission. Heres why: The house is going to foreclosure auction in 2 weeks. The realtor will get nothing and the neither will the seller. The realtor would be thrilled to sell this house to anyone. The realtor gets paid, the seller hopefully gets some money and avoids foreclosure, the buyer gets a good deal. Everybody wins!

I love to work with investors. I can't imagine why a realtor would shun a real investor in any situation. Think about it: They are always looking to buy, and usually looking to sell. Sounds like repeat business and a referral source for me. That is assuming of course that they are real investors. Not Carelton Sheets pumped up wannabees who want to run around offering 60% of listed price with no money down and seller carried financing on 30 houses a week.:mad:
 
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yes i agree with these statements and that is the approach i take when visiting people in preforeclosure. the situation is a little different due to a realtor involved. i believe they will shun investors because they feel it will hurt their commission.[/quote

I am a realtor. I disagree with the statement that realtors will shun investors because it will hurt their commission. Heres why: The house is going to foreclosure auction in 2 weeks. The realtor will get nothing and the neither will the seller. The realtor would be thrilled to sell this house to anyone. The realtor gets paid, the seller hopefully gets some money and avoids foreclosure, the buyer gets a good deal. Everybody wins!

I love to work with investors. I can't imagine why a realtor would shun a real investor in any situation. Think about it: They are always looking to buy, and usually looking to sell. Sounds like repeat business and a referral source for me. That is assuming of course that they are real investors. Not Carelton Sheets pumped up wannabees who want to run around offering 60% of listed price with no money down and seller carried financing on 30 houses a week.:mad:
ok, looks like i made a generalization. given the fact that i have my realtors license too...i guess i should have been more careful. it has been my experience that most realtors are not to open minded about receiving 70% FMV (or less).

i guess the moral of this story is you dont know if you dont try...so on that note, i'll give this one a shot desipte my past experiences :)
 

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Ryan,
I should have said this in my last post but didn't. Late is better than never I hope.
Your belief that you will be shunned by realtors may be holding you back. Talk to them, you will see that they are people just like you. You sounded a little intimidated. Don't be. If someone gives you an attitude, find another realtor to work with. Its a good idea to begin working with an experienced buyers agent. They can give you a heads up on good deals, provide valuable market data and experience, negotiate on your behalf, and represent you in all phases of the transaction. As I said before, I am a realtor. Often times the worst part of the job is working with the other realtors. There is alot of pains in the butt out there. It sounds like you may have encountered some in the past . Keep looking. Ask for a referral from a friend, family member, or another investor. One good thing about this downturn in the real estate market is that it will get rid of alot of the bad realtors and mortgage brokers. The business has been overrun by new and often unqualified people just looking to make a quick buck in the last few years. Many of them will be leaving soon.
 

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tbsells - I agree. Although, many RE agents just don't "get" investors, and, unfortunately, never will. They are too used to the traditional buy/sell homeowner and the process involved, and stay away from investors, creative financing, etc. I'm thinking most of those types of agents aren't in the business too long anyway.
 

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About the law for pre-foreclosure and creative investing, I got this notification this week about a conf. call they will have about this topic.

http://www.responsibleinvestors.org/

I got it from the REI group here in my area.

If you invest in pre-foreclosures you probably need to know about what's going on.
 

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I read on one of the posts in this thread to be careful how you present yourself. In the state of Colorado, even if you present yourself as a buyer, you cannot give any advice whatsoever. The 2nd you give some advice, you immediately become a foreclosure consultant and are no longer allowed to purchase the property. Several folks are facing jail time over this. While I think the law is over reaching and misses the point somewhat, it is intended to keep shady investors from pulling shenanigans on unwary folks in financial crisis. Believe me, when someone is in that type of financial trouble, they will cling to the first sign of hope even if its a wolf in sheep's clothing.

IMO the shady ones deserve the jail time. Preying on the desperate is beyond low.
 

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