Acquisition Strategies

There is a broad range of foreclosure investing strategies and countless opportunities and investment options. From the mega-deal portfolio purchase to lease-back and subject-to agreements, this market offers something for every investor.

There are three distinct stages in the foreclosure process in relation to acquiring property:

  1. The period before the trustee auction, known as pre-foreclosure
  2. The auction itself
  3. The period after the auction, for properties that are bought by the lender, known as bank-owned properties

See Non-Judicial Foreclosure Process in Foreclosure 101 for more information on the foreclosure process.

The stages vary in amount of risk, financing options, tactics for acquisition, and other issues that an investor faces.

Opportunity Traditional Financing Subject-To Financing Title Insurance Inspections Eviction Required Overall Risk
Preforeclosure Yes Yes Yes Yes No Low
Auction No No No No Maybe High
Bank Owned Yes No Yes Yes No Very Low
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