When Buying a Los Angeles Home at a Foreclosure Auction Beware of Unknown Matters

We are back to the point about buying a Los Angeles home for a bargain.  You generally get what you pay for.

If you are thinking of buying a home at a foreclosure auction then beware of unknown matters that could pop up, as you will  probably not be offered title insurance on the property.  In a regular sale, the Seller will be paying for your title insurance.  You could be inheriting a bunch of problems which will make it difficult for you when it comes to selling the property.Los Angeles Foreclosure Alternative Deed in Lieu, What is a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure?

What matters are we talking about here?

1.  Property Taxes

2.  Senior Liens

3.  HOA Liens if the foreclosing lien is not a first mortgage

4.  Federal taxes (IRS has 120 redemption period)

5.  Mechanics’ liens that have priority

6.  Quiet Title Action due to fraud

7.  City Government liens (sewer, trash, abatement, etc.)

8.  Federal judgement liens

9.  Bankruptcies (if no evidence of the Automatic Stay lifted)

10. Easements, Agreements, and CC&Rs.

You may be able to get a binder  from a title company to insure a future transaction ,which may require you to clear all existing matters before an actual sale or refinance.

The foreclosure is not quite the bargain it first seems.

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(all data current as of 9/22/2014)

  1. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 776 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,285 sqft
    Year built: 1923
    Days on market: 41
  2. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 599 sq ft
    Lot size: 31,703 sqft
    Year built: 1995
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 25
  3. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,306 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,971 sqft
    Year built: 1922
    Days on market: 17
  4. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 560 sq ft
    Lot size: 41,530 sqft
    Year built: 1989
    Days on market: 118
  5. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 984 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,102 sqft
    Year built: 1922
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 67
  6. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,444 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,875 sqft
    Year built: 1981
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 6
  7. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,232 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,400 sqft
    Year built: 1925
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 61
  8. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 959 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,588 sqft
    Year built: 1921
    Days on market: 54
  9. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,343 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,993 sqft
    Year built: 1926
    Days on market: 62
  10. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,202 sqft
    Year built: 1924
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 91
  11. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,236 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,436 sqft
    Year built: 1947
    Days on market: 82
  12. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,302 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,409 sqft
    Year built: 1921
    Days on market: 11
  13. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,843 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,676 sqft
    Year built: 2008
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 17
  14. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,516 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,327 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 67
  15. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,330 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,676 sqft
    Year built: 1928
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 62
  16. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,206 sqft
    Year built: 1908
    Days on market: 20
  17. 1 bed, 1 part bath
    Home size: 880 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,652 sqft
    Year built: 1909
    Days on market: 26
  18. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,600 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,077 sqft
    Year built: 1919
    Days on market: 38
  19. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,873 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,398 sqft
    Year built: 1947
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 86
  20. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 768 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,516 sqft
    Year built: 1924
    Days on market: 39
  21. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 970 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,962 sqft
    Year built: 1980
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 164
  22. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,248 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,941 sqft
    Year built: 1927
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 27
  23. 5 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,352 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,886 sqft
    Year built: 1903
    Days on market: 17
  24. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 3,063 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,042 sqft
    Year built: 1940
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 7
  25. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,960 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,993 sqft
    Year built: 2006
    Days on market: 40

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  1. Great tie-in with the auction information and the listings, Jane! Love that you’ve laid it all out there for your Los Angeles homebuyers.

  2. Thanks, Debe.

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