Jonathan Gray of Blackstone Group LP went on the biggest homebuying spree in history after the U.S. foreclosure crisis, purchasing repossessed properties from the courthouse steps and through online auctions. The homes are typically in worse shape than average, which drives the price down but makes for more fixing up. As KUOW reported a few years ago , some experts see bank-owned property as an underused source of affordable housing in Seattle and elsewhere.
Even without the crime element, homes that have sat dormant for months or even years have likely been exposed to the elements and thus have a substantial risk of some kind of damage: mold, impaired plumbing, wood rot, termites – things that require substantial outlay to fix, making that bargain price tag less of a bargain.
Tenants in Non-Regulated Units: Tenants residing in units that are not subject to rent control or rent stabilization may retain occupancy either until the end of their lease term or for 90 days after receipt of the notice from the new owner, whichever is greater.
Financial institutions typically want to rid themselves of foreclosed properties promptly (for a reasonable price, of course – they have to answer to investors and auditors that they made every attempt to recoup as much of the original loan amount as possible).
Dan Immergluck, a professor of city and regional planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Design, estimated in an unpublished research paper that a firm like Harbour could generate an annual return of at least 28 percent based on the way it prices homes.