Simple Tips for Real Estate Agents to Sell a Bank Owned Home

List: Posted: 10/04/11

A home that goes through the foreclosure process will become bank owned.  This means that the bank has legal ownership and the legal right to sell the property.  In foreclosure, a borrower is unable to pay his or her debt back in full.  The lender takes the property owner to court to gain the right to auction the house. 


In some cases, the bank will take ownership of the property and then will turn around and sell it later.  If you are a real estate agent, you may wish to find a way to get involved in the selling of these properties since it can be lucrative to do so.

A Big Financial Decision

Note that in order to sell bank owned property, you will need to have the legal right to do so, which means obtaining a real estate license for the state you plan to operate in.  Once you do that, the following tips can help you to get involved in bank owned home sales.

* First, establish yourself within your market.  Become the 'go-to' person for information on the particular area that you are serving.  This often takes time, but the underlying goal will be to create a positive reputation.

* Next, establish yourself with banks and other financial institutions that deal with mortgages.  Often, the organization will have a department in charge of real estate ownerships or property the organization owns.  You will need to show that your skills are high enough to help sell the property this organization has quickly and at the highest value possible.

* Develop contacts within the marketplace.  It is not easy to simply walk into the office of a bank and ask to sell their home selections.  It is better to work by building contacts within the community and becoming a part of the various local real estate organizations.

* Take time to build your business.  To sell a bank owned home, you will need to have experience selling property in the community quickly.  That is one of the biggest factors for the property owners.  They need to know the properties can sell quickly so that the bank can recoup its investment in that real estate.

Key Marketing Strategies

For those who want to sell this type of home, it is best to develop key marketing strategies that specifically focus on selling property affordably.  You will need to develop a marketing plan that targets those who buy these types of property.  For many, this is a big commitment.

When it comes to selling a bank owned home, know what your limits are.  You will need to find a way to work within the marketplace and to become well-known enough to draw the attention of those that own these properties. 


In some cases, it can be beneficial to work with real estate agencies and other agents that already sell these properties.  That can help you to get your foot in the door and to begin selling this property yourself.  By doing this, it can prove to be lucrative, especially if you can make it consistent.

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