HUD Homes 101: What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know – Part 1

Today’s post is all about…you guessed it…HUD homes.

There is much to uncover in this two-part blog series…what are HUD homes, what does the investing process entail, how do you find HUD homes, etc…But first, let’s touch on the basics of this type of property.

Simply put, the term “HUD” refers to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

A“HUD home” is a 1-to-4-unit residential property acquired by HUD as a result of a foreclosure action on an FHA-insured mortgage. HUD then becomes the property owner and offers it for sale to recover the loss on the foreclosure claim.

ANYONE, who has the required cash or can qualify for a loan (subject to certain restrictions), can BUY a HUD home.

If you’ve never dealt with HUD homes, try going online to the HUD Home Store site where you can

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Double Closings Explained and Why You Shouldn’t Attend Them

Double closings – not to be confused with assignments – aren’t as complex as they seem.

Simply put, a double closing in real estate investing is the simultaneous purchase and sale of a property that involves three parties:

  • The seller
  • The investor
  • The end buyer

It’s essentially two transactions commonly referred to as the “A to B & B to C” strategy and looks like this:

  • Person “A” is the distressed/motivated seller
  • Person “B” is you, the real estate investor
  • Person “C” is the final buyer.

During the “A-B” first transaction, you purchase the property from the seller. And then right afterward – in the “B-C” second transaction, you sell the property to your cash buyer. Need clarification on the wholesaling process? Read my recent blog on selling a house fast!

So what do

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