Ask yourself these Questions Before Buying a HUD Home

HUD homes can be a fantastic opportunity for first-time home buyers, especially if you’re willing to put a little work into the property. HUD homes are also a great option in areas where inventory is on the low side. While not identical to a traditional home sale, buying a HUD home isn’t particularly difficult. Here we provide a list of questions you should ask yourself before jumping into a HUD home purchase.

  1. Do I need a certain type of real estate agent?
    Only real estate agents who are registered with HUD can represent homebuyers in the HUD online auction process. A registered HUD agent will be able to explain to you how the home buying process works, how long they’ve represented buyers, whether they will accompany you to inspect properties, and what special knowledge he or she has gained from past experiences.
  2. Is a home inspection required?
    Because HUD homes are sold as-is, you could end up purchasing a home in need of repair. HUD typically does not warrant the condition of its properties nor does it pay for repairs. It does, however, urge potential buyers to get an inspection prior to submitting an offer. HUD home or not, it is always best to get a home inspection.
  3. Do I need to get preapproved for a mortgage loan? As you prepare for your HUD home purchase, it is definitely a good idea to get pre-qualified for a loan ahead of time. This not only shows HUD that you’re a serious buyer, but it allows you to get a real idea of what you can afford to spend, taking into account any repairs that need to be made.  There are some great incentives for buying a HUD house that you should research, including the $100 Down Payment Incentive program or the Good Neighbor Next Door program.

Are you considering checking out HUD homes in the Denver metro area? Remember your first step is finding an experienced agent. Metrowest specializes in these types of sales and would love to help you start the process. Give us a shout today!


Ken Blevins

About Ken Blevins

Ken Blevins, CEO of Metrowest Real Estate Services, is a veteran in mortgage and default servicing with more than 24 years of experience in collections, foreclosure/bankruptcy, loss mitigation and real estate disposition (REO). Blevins was an original co-founder of Metrowest in 2003, a Real Estate Brokerage and Services Company focused on the resale, recovery and liquidation of distressed real estate in Denver, Colorado and surrounding metros. Blevins assumed the role of CEO in January 2014 and provides strategic direction and has management accountability for the day-to-day operations. Under his direction, Blevins drives all default management operations to maximize asset value recovery and reduce loss severity through a strategy focused on customer service and state of the art technology. Blevins has 18 years of direct operational experience in all facets of REO Asset Management having managed large national REO Disposition contracts for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, CitiFinancial, GMAC Mortgage and other various financial institutions. Blevins specialties include REO asset management, real estate investment, bulk REO acquisitions and distressed asset recovery and liquidation, and he has directed the resolution and liquidation of over ten billion in institutionally-owned residential real estate.

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