Foreclosure Real Estate Terms Decoded

Foreclosure Real Estate Terms Decoded

Foreclosure Real Estate Terms Decoded

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There’s a whole other “Lingo” or language when it comes to Real Estate Foreclosure properties. Knowing this language can really help decode this foreclosure market. Here’s a list of Foreclosure Real Estate Terms Decoded to help you pick up the “Lingo”. If you come across any more, feel free to email me

AOS – “Agreement of Sale” – Documents you sign to make an offer on a property.

AS IS – “AS IS” – Seller will make no repairs for the buyer. Bank foreclosed properties are all sold in “AS IS” condition.

Bank Approval Needed – “Short Sale” – The bank holding the mortgage must approve the sale at less then what is owed on the mortgage.

Bank Owned – “REO” – Bank foreclosed through the sheriff sale and now owns the property.

BPO – “Broker Price Opinion” – Real estate broker gives their opinion of value of the property.

Buyer Walked – “Short Sale Too Long” – Buyer gave up waiting for bank approval of the Short Sale.

Certified Funds – “Bank Check for Deposit Funds” – Bank’s require deposit money presented with the offer in Bank Check or Certified Check only and will not accept Personal Checks.

Contingent on Recording of Sheriff’s Deed – “Sheriff Releases the Property” – After the sheriff sale the sheriff’s department checks all was completed properly and issues the Deed of ownership to the bank.

De-Winterization – “Utilities Turned Back On” – Bank properties are Winterized to protect the pipes throughout the property. Banks can require up to $250 from the Buyer to have the utilities restarted for home inspection or mortgage appraisal.

Deed-in-Lieu – “Owner Gave it to the Bank” – Owner signed over the Deed to the property to the bank holding the mortgage instead of going through the foreclosure and sheriff sale.

Distressed Property – “Needs Work” - Refers to the property condition, usually needs considerable work.

DOM – “Days on Market” – Number of days the property has been on the market for sale.

Foreclosed Property – “Bank Sheriff Sale Completed” – Bank or mortgage company filed mortgage foreclosure and sheriff sold the property. Back to the bank or third party buyer at the sheriff sale.

HUD – “US Department of Housing & Urban Development” – FHA mortgages that defaulted and were insured by HUD. HUD pays off the bank who foreclosed and now owns the property to sell.

HUD 1 – “Closing Statement Signed at Settlement” – Official Federal Reporting Form used to detail all charges for both Buyer and Seller when purchasing a property. Prepared by the title company.

LBP – “Lead Based Paint” – Properties built prior to 1978 paint used may contain lead. Lead is a poison and can cause serious health issues.

No SDS – “No Sellers Disclosure” – Banks are not responsible to complete a Sellers Disclosure on properties they obtained through foreclosure.

Owner Occupied – “Buyer will Live There” – Owner will live there as their primary residence. Banks usually give preference to owner occupied buyers on foreclosures prior to considering an investor.

Non-Owner Occupied – “Investor Purchase” – Investor buying to rent or resell the property and does not intend to live in it.

Pre-Approved Mortgage – “Letter from Mortgage Lender” – Banks will not accept an offer without proof the Buyer is qualified to purchase the property including credit and asset verification.

Presentation of Offers – “Bank’s Our Way or No Way” – Procedure and documents needed to present a bank foreclosure offer.

Proof of Funds – “Show the Bank the Money” – Bank or investment statement or line of credit being used to purchase a property on cash purchases.

REO – “Real Estate Owned” – Bank or Mortgage company owns the property.

Short Sale – “Bank Takes Less Then Owed” – Owner is asking the bank to take less then what is owed on the mortgage to sell the property.

Short Sale Active with Contract – “Have an Offer and Wants a Backup” – An agreement to purchase is in front of the bank awaiting approval and they are looking for a second buyer as a backup.

Sweat Equity – “Your Hard Work” – Increase in the value of the property due to your hard work making improvements.

Title Insurance – “Cover your Purchase Insurance” – Title insurance covers you as the Buyer against all claims, mortgages, liens, unpaid bills, etc. filed against any prior owners.

TLC – “Tender Loving Care” – Refers to the property condition usually needs some work.

Transfer Tax – “State & County Charges” – Tax due to transfer ownership of a property. In Montgomery County 2% usually each side pays 1%. On bank foreclosures, the bank usually will refuse to pay transfer tax and the buyer is responsible for all 2%.

U&O – “Use & Occupancy Certificate” – Some townships require an inspection to meet standard building codes prior to allowing occupancy. Banks will not perform U&O inspections or pay for any requirements needed.

Underwater – “Owes More than it’s Worth” – Balance of the mortgage is more than the property can be sold for compared to similar properties recently sold.

Hope This Helps

Kathleen McKinney, Realtor - REO Specialist

Platinum First Realty, 708 Main St, Harleysville, PA  19438

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