Banks to allow local groups to buy foreclosures

Following on the success of the First Look program many larger banks are going to take a page from first look program. Banks will now allow local governments and nonprofits the ability to buy foreclosed homes before they are sold to private investors.

The largest mortgage lenders in the country, including Bank of America Corp. and Wells Fargo have agreed to let the groups purchase the properties ahead of private investors. Neighborhood organizations will have up to 48 hours to evaluate bank owned property before professional investors get to view and bid for purchase. The idea is to level the playing field and allow those who would be stakeholders in the community helping stabilize real estate markets. HUD thinks they can move 100,000 properties through this program.

The National Community Stabilization Trust will collect information on foreclosed properties and help local groups to identify which ones to purchase.

From The Web Site
The National Community Stabilization Trust facilitates the transfer of foreclosed and abandoned properties from financial institutions nationwide to local housing organizations to promote productive property reuse and neighborhood stability. In collaboration with state and local governments, the Stabilization Trust builds local capacity to effectively acquire, manage, rehab and sell foreclosed property to ensure homeownership and rental housing are available to low- and moderate-income families.

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