There’s a lot of competition to find great deals on local Kansas City Kansas foreclosure properties.
Finding them is only one part of the process – you also need to know how to capture them.
Here are a few secrets from the pros that we’ve used with great success on how to find great foreclosure deals in Kansas City.
1. Comb through the same listings everyone uses.
There’s a lot of ways to access local foreclosure data in Kansas City and your surrounding area – and foreclosure.com does a relatively good job of combing through default notices, bankruptcies, tax sales and distressed asset lists. The main drawback with online resources like that is there tends to be a lag time in the time they get the info online… so the data can be a bit old sometimes. So you might also want to look a HUDHomeStore.com or HUBZU.com.
2. Search the lesser-known publications sometimes used by smaller lenders.
Most of the publications in Kansas City are indexed and captured online, but every once in a while a lender will mistakenly only publish in a smaller circulation if they think it meets the legal requirements. These notices are the notices of default that lenders are legally required to publish in public record. Those are one of the first places you can find out about a foreclosure. You will find lists of houses going to foreclosure auction in the Independence Examiner and the Pulse Legal.
3. Establish great working relationships with at least one broker.
When you’re starting out as an investor in Kansas City Kansas, you’d better not burn any bridges – especially with the power real estate brokers in this town.
The best of the bunch (and that’s a very short list) work with dozens of investors, and they know exactly who is looking to buy what property – they’ll call the ones that they know will close the deal without hassles to them. Once you’re off the short list of folks who get the calls, you probably won’t get back on it. There are too many credible investors looking for great deals for them to bother dealing with rookie mistakes. Interview a few, and make it your intention to give all your business to one person.
Make it clear what that broker must do to earn and keep your business, play fair and never compromise your integrity. If you have to fire that broker, do so with grace and it will be a learning experience for everyone. But don’t ever fire a pro on a whim. Be incredibly loyal and it will come back to you in countless ways over the years.
4. Find people before their properties are in foreclosure and help them before a default notice gets published.
This one is probably the hardest and most time-consuming method, but it is one of the only ways to avoid the competition of lots of speculators that descend upon any published foreclosure like vultures to a fresh kill. Speaking of which, you don’t win in this business by treating people like roadkill. Remember that your reputation is everything, and act with integrity.
People facing foreclosure are in very difficult circumstances, and they need help – not predatory behavior. When we’re able to help people negotiate short sales, lease options and other complex transactions, everyone wins – and no one loses. Behaving with integrity helps us to get amazing referrals and special deals that never hit the open market. People remember what we’ve done for them, and when their friends and family need similar help they send them to us.
5. Find niche specialists like our firm who know how to find good deals and skip the whole foreclosure issue completely.
We’re not real estate brokers, so we don’t sell information or give away crummy lists.
We go out there and hit the pavement so to speak on the information super highway and work really hard to get people who are very motivated and have a problem, like folks in foreclosure to give us a call and tell us about their house. We sift through all the bad deals to get the one or two truly good deals and then we get them under contract to assign to our buyers or we just buy it and list it on the market. Because we are Realtors, we will sometimes list the property as well.
The properties we advertise are GOOD DEALS, so they go fast. We send all deals and listings out to our buyers list first before we mass market or put in MLS, so our buyers get first crack.
We’re focused on building a small, tight network of long-term investors who want to purchase credible real estate investments in Kansas City and across the entire metro including Johnson County, North of the River, and Eastern Jackson County. We find deep discounts and pass them along – while keeping a reasonable return that allows us to stay in business.
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