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Get to Know Freddie Mac REO
Freddie Mac REO occurs when the homeowner missed payments on his loan guaranteed by Freddie Mac. The lender may demand payment of the unpaid mortgage balance from Freddie Mac. Under the agreement, Freddie Mac will pay what is due and take over ownership of the property. It will then schedule the property for sale, usually at an auction.
The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Association, popularly known as Freddie Mac, is a government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) that provides funds to lenders to allow low income and moderate income buyers to purchase properties at low mortgage rates.
Freddie Mac is not a mortgage lender. Just like its sister company, the Federal National Mortgage Association or Fannie Mae, it buys loans from lenders and sells Freddie Mac REO to recover its investment.
Freddie Mac Foreclosure Purchasing:
You can find a Freddie Mac foreclosure property to purchase by subscribing to an online foreclosure listing service. Just like other government foreclosure properties, Freddie Mac REO is sold at auctions. This means that the highest bidder wins the Freddie Mac foreclosed property.
There are some things that you should consider before making an offer. Set aside the amount that you would be willing to bid on. Sometimes, the excitement of the bidding process may make you throw caution on the wind and before you knew it, you have paid for a property that is more than its appraised value.
Also, know the risks involved in buying a property under an as-is condition. A foreclosed home is not inspected before it was sold on the block, and therefore, you have no way of knowing the real condition of the house.
All in all, a Freddie Mac REO is a good investment decision as long as you have done your homework first and come prepared at an auction.