How to find foreclosures in Tampa FL

There’s a lot of competition to find great deals on local Tampa FL foreclosure properties.

The secret to finding great foreclosure deals in Tampa.

1. Comb through the same listings everyone uses.

There’s a lot of ways to access local foreclosure data in Tampa and your surrounding area. Foreclosure.com does a relatively good job of combing through default notices, bankruptcies, tax sales, and distressed asset lists.  The main drawback with online resources like that is there tends to be a lag time in the time they get the information online, leaving the data somewhat outdated.

2. Search the lesser-known publications sometimes used by smaller lenders.

Most of the publications in Tampa are indexed and captured online, but every once in a while a lender will mistakenly only publish in a smaller circulation if they think it meets the legal requirements.  These notices are the notices of default that lenders are legally required to publish in public record. Those are one of the first places you can find out about a foreclosure.

3. Establish great working relationships with at least one broker.

When you’re starting out as an investor in Tampa FL, relationships with brokers are important.

Brokers work with dozens of investors and they know exactly who is looking to buy what property. They will reach out to investors that they know will close the deal without hassle. There are too many credible investors looking for great deals for them to bother dealing with rookie mistakes. Interview a few and make it your intention to give all your business to one person.

Make it clear what that broker must do to earn and keep your business, play fair, and never compromise your integrity. If you have to fire that broker, do so with grace and it will be a learning experience for everyone. Don’t ever fire a pro on a whim. Be incredibly loyal and it will come back to you in countless ways over the years.

4. Find people before their properties are in foreclosure and help them.

This is probably the most difficult and most time-consuming method but it is one of the only ways to avoid the competition of lots of speculators that descend upon any published foreclosure.

People facing foreclosure are in very difficult circumstances and they need help; not predatory behavior. Remember that your reputation is everything, and act with integrity. When we’re able to help people negotiate short sales, lease options, and other complex transactions, everyone wins. Behaving with integrity helps us to get amazing referrals and special deals that never hit the open market. People remember what we’ve done for them and when their friends and family need similar help they send them to us.

5. Find niche specialists like our firm who know how to find foreclosures in Tampa for you.

We’re not real estate brokers so we don’t sell information or give away useless lists. The properties we advertise are our own investments, so it’s a short and exclusive list.

We’re focused on building a small, tight network of long-term investors who want to purchase credible real estate investments in Tampa. We find deep discounts and pass them along while keeping a reasonable return that allows us to stay in business.

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