Mock Deal on pre-foreclosed property

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First, I would like to introduce myself to the BP community. My name is Tiankhy Hinton, married with a child, who is currently 7yrs of age. I'm new to the world of REI and I've been spending quite a bit of time reading various forums, listening to podcast, reading booking "The book on flipping houses", "The book on Estimating Rehab cost", and "The Ultimate beginners guide to real estate investing. All literature I was able to find on this website and I want to say Thank You BP and it's community for providing such great and informative insights.

I currently hold a full time job as a operations manager for a software company that sells software to judiciary entities within the state of louisiana.  I mention this because we have clients in the clerk of court, sheriff's offices and tax assessor's office through out the state.  I believe I am in a prime position as I understand how to research mortgage/conveyance records, tax sales procedures, adjudication processes, civil probates, and value assessments by assessors office to determine the taxing obligations of a homeowner for their property.  Basically, the software we develop help these agencies track and manage their case loads. 

Enough said about me, let me begin. Before I start, the property mentioned in this mock deal is real property (as of this date) and my reasoning for posting my findings is to make sure I understand how to apply the information I learned so far to this mock deal. I understand that I will not have a full comprehensive understanding of all the interworking as I haven't contacted the seller to negotiate any deals. If you are interested in this property and decide to pursue this all I ask is that you help others who are beginning their life as a REI with updates on the processes you experienced along the way.

I recently found a piece of property in my neighborhood that maybe a candidate as a wholesaling opportunity.  The property is in the early stages of pre-foreclosure and I have completed some research on this property.  The property is located at 9306 sandal wood dr, shreveport la.  Its a 4 bed and 2 bath home with 1360 sq ft and was sold to the current homeowner in 2006 for 108K.  Additionally, the home is livable with minimal rehabilitation. The property is located in a good school district and is accessible to various shopping centers. Here is the property description:  "LOT THIRTY ONE (31), PINE FOREST SOUTH, UNIT ONE (1), A SUBDIVISION OF SHREVEPORT, CADDO PARISH, LOUISIANA AS PER PLAT RECORDED IN BOOK 1500, AT PAGES 371-373 OF THE CONVEYANCE RECORDS OF CADDO PARISH, LOUISIANA TOGETHER WITH ALL THE BUILDINGS AND IMPROVEMENTS LOCATED THEREON".  For those of you that are not familiar with parishes, they are the equivalent to a county in other states.  

The notice of Seizure has the balance due on principal of fixed rate note at $116,781.32 with interest from June 1, 2011 until paid in full at 6.5% per annum to be computed interest.  Attorney Fee's are $950.00.  The only information I can find concerning this piece of property is Zillow and they have the estimated foreclosure amount listed as 66k.  The home is good area and is idea for renting, however an experienced investor maybe able to flip the property for maximum profit.  This sub-division the home is located has 3 closely related comps: 

1)  4 bed 2 bath 1517 sq ft sold for 116k

2) 4 bed 2 bath 1608 sq ft sold for 130k

3) 4 bed 2 bath 1608 sq ft sold for 129k

Here is my point of confusion.  For a home that is in pre-forclosure status where the notice of seizure has a listed amount of $116,781.32 but Zillow has the estimated foreclosure amount at 66k which is most accurate?  Can you trust the amount on zillow?  Secondly, if the home is not flip worthy based analyst, I believe it has great rental income potential, how would one leverage this property to an investor and still make a profit in wholesaling?   There are several homes in this area that rent between 950 - 1270 per month.  

Now, based on my understanding, my first course of action is to contact the seller and negotiate a selling price and enter into a contract.  Since there was a notice of seizure filled, is it still possible to contact the homeowner to work out a deal to get her out of foreclosure status or will I need to attempt to negotiate terms with Bank of America?  How would an experience wholesaler proceed with wholesaling this property?  


At the rental price range you state, with the comparable properties you identified, and the balance due indicated, I'd say this is not an opportunity worth pursuing. In this case, I think the zestimate (based on their algorithm and not on inside appraisal, inspection or any on-site analysis) is completely misleading.

It is your call if you want to work on a short sale.

That's my take.

The amount you saw in the foreclosure file is accurate, plus interests, fees, taxes and insurance paid for by the bank, etc.  Interest alone is another $20k.  It'll be a short sale, which are not great wholesale candidates.

Thanks both Wayne and Brooks. How does wholesaling fit into the short sale model?  As I mentioned, at this moment I'm not pursuing this property instead I want to  this as a learning opportunity. 


Welcome to the great world of Bigger Pocket and real estate.

I'm down south from you in Lafayette and have experience with pre-foreclosure in this state.

Give me a call sometime this week and I can offer some advice.

I"ll private message ya my number.

Thanks Chance!  I woul appreciate any and all help. 

Hey Tiankhy,

Welcome. I still need to do a proper intro myself. I did a quick MLS check and this property comps out at about 102k, median price per sf in that neighborhood is 75per sf. It will be a good to watch go through the Sheriff sale procedure and see what ultimately happens to it. That 116k figure is what the banks attorney will be shooting for at the auction most likely.

Are you looking to buy and hold, flip or wholesale? 

Gerald, thanks for providing input. I would like to buy and hold and maybe generate some rental income. Right now I'm focusing on wholesaling. I'm still trying to grasp the various REI strategies and decide which is the best fit. The amount of information can be overwhelming at times. I'm thinking I may need to invest into obtaining a realtor license before I make a unwise investment decision.

I think a license is would be an asset to your investing.  There is a ton of data at your fingertips and you can let yourself into properties without inconveniencing anyone.   In the mean time, I don't mind answering any questions you may have. 2736 Bolch Street in Anderson Island shows some promise if a first time home buyer doesn't jump on it.  It looks turn key from the photos.

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