Frequently Asked Questions - Regarding REO Properties
What is an REO property?

It stands for "Real Estate Owned", also known as "Bank Owned", "Repo", or "Foreclosure". It refers to an accounting line item on a banks asset information. It is property that the bank owns, or is holding as an asset. In this case the bank owns the property. You can easily determine what the bank paid for the property by looking up the tax record and looking at the last sale amount.


How low is the bank willing to go?
Not as low as most people think. The bank knows from experience that if they offer the property at a reasonable price or just slightly below market value (depending on the condition of the home) they will invariably get an offer at or close to what they are asking in a reasonable amount of time. Your buyer can offer as low as they wish, but the bank will often ignore "low ball" offers and in fact are not required to even give a response back to the buyer at all. My suggestion is to make your best offer if you want the bank to accept your offer or at least counter it. Just a statistical fact to give some food for thought, Las Vegas homes typically sell for around 97% of the asking price.


What is the bank addendum?
The addendum takes the place of the initial purchase agreement. Basically the bank will re-write the entire contract in terms that they are willing to accept. There is no exception to this rule. They take a limited responsibility approach. If you don't like the addendum, you can always withdraw your offer once you review it.


How long does it take to get a response after I put in an offer?
Typically it takes less than a week, some time the same day. The offer goes to the asset manager who generally has a couple of hundred files that he or she is managing, so it takes a little time. If the offer is in an acceptable range, he will in turn take it to his supervisor for approval or to issue a counter offer.


Can my buyer ask for closing costs?
Yes, you can ask for closing costs. You can ask for anything like you would when making an offer on any other property. The best strategy to get an approval though, is to make the offer as "clean" as possible.


Can we do an inspection?
Yes you can have a home inspection. It is best to accomplish this within 7 to 10 days of acceptance, as this is what the bank typically allows.


Why will you be asked to waive the SRPD (Seller's Real Property Disclosure)?
The properties were obtained through process of foreclosure and as such, the seller has little or no direct knowledge about the property, so they ask the Buyer to waive the SRPD utilizing a form known as the NRS 113 waiver. The bank's addendum also states that the buyer is waiving the requirement. The property is being sold as-is, "what you see is what you get". There is no guarantee of condition of property.