Buying condo at courthouse auction

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I have never bought a property at a courthouse auction but see a condo coming up for auction shortly. The condo is being foreclosed by the condo association. What are the pitfalls of me getting into this transaction? What due diligence should I do? Could there be bank liens still in the property that is being auctioned and how can I check those? Thanks for any tips.
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Hi @Riz Ahmad , I just happen to go thru one of these. The hardest thing is getting the ability to see the condo that you are going to buy. Usually the condo association won't allow you in to see it. Basically i would try to find out as much as you possibly can about the property then go from there because there are plenty of questions to be asked. Is the rent controlled? are there common charges? how much are the liens, if there are any? You should be able to find out the lender on the condo so you can find out how much they owe otherwise you have to go to the auction and see where it goes from there. Because after you purchase the property you may assume the debt , the bank may waive it though. 

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From a lending perspective a condo can get a loan if there are limited lawsuits. For example, a slip and fall suit will be covered, but if there was structural damage across all of them or like asbestos or something, they won’t.

You can probably only find out if you agree to purchase or maybe go speak to someone at the property. Or find out what realtor has sold one before and ask questions.

Also, HOA fees can carry over for months depending on state, and supersede liens.

Sometimes you can’t buy them in LLCs either, if that’s a concern.

If you are buying this condo to rent it out, make sure you can. Many associations have rules about when/how a condo can be rented. Some completely prohibit it, others allow it but have conditions that limit it (i.e. can’t rent it out during first year of ownership), and others may only allow a certain percentage to be rentals and could have a long waiting list of owners wanting to turn theirs into a rental. So just make sure you understand the rules of this condo’s association before you buy. Even if you don’t intend to rent it out now, you might want to at some point. 

Thanks for all the info. Is there any good place where I can list of liens on the property and shag their priority is?

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Spend a few hundred bucks, and sit down with a local RE attorney.  You'll learn things to watch out for that you didn't know to ask about.

You can look up the liens in the land records, they're all recorded. You can also get a ton of info from the attorney that is handling the sale. I go there first to see if there is enough equity in the property to make it worth bidding on. Most importantly I would try to get financial info from the association and make sure they are well managed and ask about special assessments above the HOA fees. Many do not budget for capital expenditures.

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Originally posted by @Jeffrey Russo :

You can look up the liens in the land records, they're all recorded. You can also get a ton of info from the attorney that is handling the sale. I go there first to see if there is enough equity in the property to make it worth bidding on. Most importantly I would try to get financial info from the association and make sure they are well managed and ask about special assessments above the HOA fees. Many do not budget for capital expenditures.

Have you done many deals in Wisco? Certain counties many have some info in reference to recorded mortgages online but first the op needs to know what he's looking at. 2ndly, please forward me the names of the attorneys that are handing out this info. Besides the legal notice and opening bid. 

Something to ponder when bidding sheriff sale deals

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/realestate/florida-couple-stunned-to-learn-458000-paid-for-gulffront-condo-may-be-for/2329213

Have a reputable title company do a title search, if you need one PM also, I would absolutely get ahold of a RE Attorney, offer them a free meal and pick their brain, may take a few tries or some cash but that is invaluable.

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