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  • Where do I start?
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  • What are the benefits to me when I subscribe to the pointfly.com database?
  • pointfly.com offers the largest national selection of foreclosure, preforeclosure, government-owned, and bankruptcy properties available to private individuals. Here you can locate bargains in real estate that you may purchase at discount prices. Our data is updated daily, not monthly, directly from the tax rolls, government agencies, and notices of the lenders legal actions.

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  • What kinds of properties are in your database?
  • Our database contains preforeclosures, foreclosure auction properties, bankruptcies, REOs (real estate owned by lenders), and properties from HUD, VA, Fannie Mae, and other government agencies. We also include properties from over 100 corporate sellers. All of our information comes directly from these sources on a daily basis, so you know that what you are seeing is fresh and first-hand data. This combination of sources has been compiled and organized to making searching as easy as possible. Only pointfly.com puts the largest database of its kind on the Web at your fingertips.

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Real Estate Owned (REOs)

  • What is an REO?

    An REO is "real estate owned" by the mortgagee, usually a property that was not sold at the foreclosure auction to a bidder and was therefore acquired or "taken back" by the lender. Since lenders are not in the business of managing real estate, they are willing to sell REOs quickly to interested homebuyers or investors. REOs are sometimes called "special" or "non-performing" assets to distinguish them from properties that are owned and actually used by the lenders, such as corporate facilities or branch offices.

  • How do I find REOs?

    Many people find REOs by following the properties through the stages of the foreclosure process (i.e., preforeclosure to auction property to REO) or by contacting the lenders REO or Special Assets departments. Some lenders establish relationships with local Realtors® who manage and market the REOs for sale to the public. You may be directed by the lenders to contact these real estate brokers or agents to find out about available properties.

    Of course, we know there is a better way to find REOs! As a subscriber to pointfly.com, you benefit from the work of a nationally-connected company that "makes searching easier." For less than the cost of a tank of gasoline for most cars these days, you can see all the information you need 24/7 for a whole month. And it comes to you in the comfort of your own computer station at your home or office, along with helpful instruction and tips. You know the facts are up to date as part of the largest database of "opportunity-laden" bargain properties in the country. Today, more than ever, working smarter is much better than working harder.

  • How do I buy REOs?

    You can buy an REO by submitting a written contract directly to the lender or through the lender's Realtor®. As in the case with preforeclosures, find out all you can about the REO and determine whether it is a good deal before you submit the offer.

  • How much cash do I need?

    Lenders will generally request an earnest money deposit to be submitted with the offer. The deposit may be up to $5,000 or more, depending on the lender and the value of the property. Once you have successfully negotiated with the lender and have agreed to the terms and conditions of the deal, you then need to obtain your funding in order to close or "settle" the purchase of the property. Whether or not the lender will carry financing is an important consideration. Other key terms to negotiate include whether contingencies are allowed based upon professional inspections, the amount of time you have to close, and so on.

  • What should I be aware of?
  • Some lenders will be interested in offering you a loan to buy their REO; others will not. Some will provide financing to investors; others will only provide financing to owner-occupants. You must communicate with each REO owner to determine its loan policies, along with its financing terms and conditions.

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