Distressed Property

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When you’re looking for a home, you may come across auctions or “distressed property” that seem too good to be true. This property usually has prices that are much lower than the market. You shouldn’t buy that property right away, no matter how tempting it may seem. Instead, you should find out why the seller wants to sell it quickly and if it’s a good and safe investment.


First of all, you need to know what “distressed property” or “sales” are.

What is a Distressed Property?

Under the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Securities Interest (SARFAESI) Act of 2002, banks can sell “repossessed” or “distressed” properties at auction to make up for their losses. When the owner of a property doesn’t pay back the property loan, these things happen. When a bank takes over a property to sell it for less than what it’s worth on the market, the property is called “distressed.” The banks use the money from the sale of the property to get the owner to pay back the loan.


For this reason, banks usually advertise the date of the auction and ask for bids for the sale of properties that are in trouble. Then, it looks at all of the bids and decides to whom to sell the property.


Also, distressed sales happen when the seller wants to sell the property quickly for less than the market price, usually to pay off debts, cover medical bills, or deal with other emergencies.


The sale of distressed properties is also often carried out in bulk by developers that have been crippled by unfavorable market movements such as the introduction of an Escrow Account under the Real Estate (Development and Regulatory) Act, 2016. This act mandated that all real estate transactions must have an escrow account (RERA).


Distressed properties or sales often lead to losses for the sellers, so homebuyers need to be careful about them to make sure they are a good investment.

What makes property in trouble?

Before you decide to buy, you need to figure out if the sale is a “distressed sale” or not. It is easy to take a call on a property that is up for auction, but it is harder to do so for individual sales. So, you need to know the main things that set distressed properties apart from regular ones. If two or more of these things are true, it should be a warning sign that you should be more careful about buying a home.

Outstanding Mortgage Payments

When interest and principal on a home loan aren’t paid, the property is often in a bad state. The property is then taken by the bank to pay back the loan. You must make sure that the current owner of the house you want to buy has paid off the mortgage in full.

Concessional price

Most distressed properties are priced at least 30% less than what they are worth on the market. This is one of the main things that makes a distressed property different from a regular sale. You should always ask the seller why they are willing to sell at a loss. This can tell you a lot about the property’s condition.

Need to fix up the house

A distressed property is typically a liability for the owner, as it incurs hefty tax and mortgage obligations. So, the property isn’t taken care of, and over time, its quality and integrity start to go downhill. You must be ready to pay a huge amount of money to keep and fix up such a property.

Delinquent taxes

Some tax delinquencies may come with a property that is in bad shape. This is because the homeowner may be in a serious financial crisis. Also, a person who doesn’t pay their taxes probably doesn’t have enough money to pay their mortgage as well. Because of this, someone who owes back taxes may be more likely to sell quickly, which is a good sign of a distressed sale.


As soon as you know that the property in question is in trouble, you can talk to the seller about a deal. Watch out for extra incentives and attempts to show you how much the property is worth because they could mean the owners are in a hurry to sell.

Distressed properties that banks have taken back may seem like a good investment because they have low capital values, but they also have their own set of problems. There may be problems with a great property deal that you don’t know about, like unpaid bills or legal issues. Before deciding to buy a distressed property, you must weigh the advantages, disadvantages, risks, and opportunities:

Advantages of Distressed Property

  • The price of distressed property is usually low because the owner wants to get rid of it quickly. When a buyer is in a hurry and talks with a seller about price, the buyer usually comes out on top.
  • There is some investment value in distressed properties, but this is never a sure thing in real estate. Due to recent government reforms, buying a distressed home could yield good returns.
  • If you keep up with bank auctions, you might be able to get a house in a place where real estate is doing well.

Disadvantages of Distressed Property

  • There may be debts on distressed properties, like taxes that haven’t been paid. The bank takes these things into account when setting the base auction price for property bought under the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (SARFAESI) Act, 2002.
  • When the owners of these homes know they are going to lose them to the bank, they often stop taking care of them. If the home’s condition is poor, the buyer may be required to invest a substantial amount in repairs.
  • Distressed properties don’t always give you a good return on your investment. If the market doesn’t change a lot, it won’t be able to raise the price of this kind of property enough.
  • Distressed properties have their fair share of things that go against each other as well as chances to make money.


The following risks and opportunities are associated with purchasing distressed properties:

Risks of Distressed Properties:

  • There aren’t many distressed properties on the market, and they are usually very hard to find.
  • If you want to hire a property consultant who specialises in distressed properties, you may have to spend more than you had planned.
  • You can’t guess what the highest bid will be at an auction, which could mean that your budget won’t let you bid high enough.
  • The property’s original owner could take you and the bank to court, making things harder for you.

Opportunities of Purchasing Distressed Properties

  • However, distressed properties are typically offered at bargain prices.
  • You could end up with property in a great location that could be worth a lot when you sell it.
  • There is no risk that the builder won’t give you the house because the auctions are run by real banks.
  • It’s unlikely that the bank didn’t do the right checks on the property before the auction, so you don’t have to hire a lawyer for the same.

Disclaimer: The opinions shown above are mainly for informational reasons and are based on market research. Deal Acres is not responsible for any actions made as a result of relying on the provided material and makes no representations as to its accuracy, completeness, or reliability.

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