If you do decide to invest, make sure you avoid these top 5 foreclosure purchasing mistakes:
1. You say, “It was worth double that in 2005.” You need to look at where the value is going, not where it’s been. Most properties will continue to depreciate for many years. The property is currently worth whatever you are buying it for and will be worth less in years to come.
5. Negative cash flow. Then why are you buying it? For appreciation? Good luck. You have to be prepared to hold the property for long periods of time as it further depreciates and you are unable to sell it. Factor in everything, (taxes, insurance, homeowner’s dues, repairs, property management) and if you are not getting at least $100 in cash flow each month, walk away.There is always a good time to buy real estate, as long as you buy it right. Run your numbers for cashflow, forget about flipping or appreciation and have an exit strategy.