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Ok, I was reading Jessie's 2011 take on "How do I get my first REO listing?" and it got me thinking. So many agents think that once they get an REO listing they'll be on the easy money train. It just does not work that way. If this is the niche you decide to choose, be prepared, it is not glamorous.
First there are the properties, sure you might get lucky and get some 3 year old mini mansion, but more likely you'll get a mixture of suburban and urban properties to sell. In the past year, more than half of my REO's have had no plumbing- copper stripped, yet some still occupied. I have had to deal with flea infestations, break ins, police reports, fire reports, lead paint liens, city registration inspectors, abandoned pets, water penetration and mold.
Next there are the people. At times you'll be dealing with innocent tenants that have lived in the property for years and have no idea that the property has been foreclosed. You will be the bearer of the bad news that even though they paid their rent on time, the owner chose not to pay the mortgage. Other times you will meet with the former owner, and they will feel compelled to tell you their story. Some of these stories will break your heart, especially the ones when the foreclosure was caused by an illness or job loss.
Lastly there is the paperwork, not just a standard listing agreement and some disclosures, much, much more. There's initial occupancy checks, initial BPO, monthly marketing reports, updated BPO's, offer submission forms, utility invoicing paperwork, relocation assistance agreements, contractor repair bid forms and most of these documents need to be uploaded into a system.
Now I am not trying to discourage anyone from the REO business, just trying to give you a bit of reality.
So, How do I get my next REO listing? Plenty of tips are already posted on REOPro, but to reiterate;
1. Be available to your AM 24/7
2. Respond to requests immediately- get a blackberry, IPhone whatever you need to get this done.
3. Ensure all your paperwork is accurate and early, not just on time.
4. Anticipate your AM's needs, Know your AM's temperament.
5. Visit the property-often. Nothing is worse than not knowing about something that happened to one of your properties. You should always be the first to know.
6. Remember DOM=$$$$ Make sure every offer you submit is with a purchaser that is pre-approved or has proof of funds.
As an example today I trudged through over 29" of snow to do an initial occupancy check, so it would be in less than 24 hours from assignment, but that is how I will get my next REO listing.