There are over a million homes in foreclosure across the United States today and the number is growing. This represents a record 2.5% of all loans being serviced. But hey, let's also consider the good news...that 97.5% of all homes are NOT in foreclosure!
With all these foreclosures and the banks taking a major dive (Indymac Bank is the latest casualty, its stock price diving to 38 cents today, down from $43 two years ago), maybe it's time to start thinking about investing in some of these distressed homes!?
If you are looking for foreclosures or homes that are currently owned by a bank ("REO" or Real Estate Owned), there are many resources on the Web. Most have a fee of $40 to $50 per month while some are free. Let's start out with the FREE ones.
Check out www.countrywide-foreclosures.blogspot.com for detailed updates on homes foreclosured by Countrywide Financial (now part of Bank of America). As of June 29, Countrywide had 13,304 REO homes across the country with an asking price of $2.4 billion. 3,331 of those were in California. If you want to check these foreclosed homes out, visit this site.
For other banks' REO listings, visit www.biggerpockets.com/bank-reo.html and you'll find links to dozens of other banks. Not all of the banks have foreclosures in the Ventura County area. IndyMac Bank currently lists 2 homes in Simi and 1 home in Camarillo. Also try www.reosource.com, which is also free.
Let's move on to subscription based foreclosure websites. Most of these offer 7 day free trials, after which you pay $40 to $50 per month (with some exceptions). These sites usually provide information on "pre-foreclosure" homes, auctions, for sale by owner, etc. You get more information but must pay for it. So if you are really serious about purchasing real estate, it might be worth a look.
But then it gets really confusing. The most well known foreclosure website is www.RealtyTrac.com ($50/mo). But www.Foreclosure.com ($40/mo) is pretty popular. Or check out RealtyStore.com ($40/mo). But there are a jillion websites out there, most of them the same thing under a different name (usually Foreclosure.com):
www.foreclosures.com www.foreclosurepoint.com www.foreclosuredatabase.com www.foreclosuredata.com www.HUDforeclosed.com www.bargain.com www.ultraforeclosures.com www.freeforeclosuredatabase.com www.foreclosuredeals.com www.foreclosurelistings.com www.foreclosureconnections.com www.foreclosurefreesearch.com www.foreclosurelistingsnationwide.com www.instantforeclosuredata.com www.foreclosurewarehouse.com