The Wall Street Journal: Bank-Owned Homes Get a Fresh Look From Wealthy Buyers

June 14, 2017

Affluent home buyers, desperate for inventory in the hottest markets, are giving a fresh look to bank-owned homes.

Savvy buyers could be rewarded with a discounted luxury home in a posh neighborhood. But they also could be stepping into a money pit with legal snarls.

It’s a risk more buyers are willing to take. “Everyone is just chasing whatever it is that’s coming online,” said Matthew Gardner, chief economist for Seattle-based brokerage Windermere Real Estate. He says the appeal of these post-foreclosure homes, often called real-estate owned, or REO, properties, has grown because of tight inventory in many markets.

“Having those three letters [REO], it used to be a huge anchor on the property, but now it propels it,” said Danny Hertzberg, an agent with the Jills Group of Coldwell Banker in Miami Beach.

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