March 5

How Do I Find The Right HUD Home For Me?

Choosing the place you are going to call home is a big decision to make, and not one to take lightly. HUD homes are a popular choice, especially for first-time homebuyers. This is not surprising because of the countless advantages of buying HUD homes. 

Knowing that it's a HUD home you want does not end the search for your dream home, though. Many things need to be done before setting foot into your new residence.

The following tips will help you find the perfect HUD home for you:

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  • Make a checklist. 

Before you start scheduling visits to HUD homes you are considering to buy, know what type of house you are looking for exactly. Consider location, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, school district, walkability, travel time, shopping, neighborhood, etc.

Most homeowners found their dream houses by making a checklist. Then, they embark on the journey of finding a home with those qualities in mind. HUD homes are no doubt ideal for building your dream home. This is because HUD homes have affordable prices. Plus, they can be renovated according to what the owner-occupant wants.

You will most likely need to renovate your home since HUD homes are sold as-is. Take into consideration the details of the HUD home to keep costs affordable for the renovation. For example, if you wanted a two-story house, it would not be that beneficial to buy a single-story HUD home then renovate it. Aside from it being more costly, it will require more reconstruction.

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  • Find the home you want on the HUD website.

After knowing what you want, you can now start finding that dream home. The best way to find a HUD home is through the HUD-authorized website. It provides the most up-to-date HUD homes in terms of availability. It would definitely be frustrating to visit the foreclosed home you are thinking about buying only to find that it is no longer available. This won't be a problem if you use a HUD website to find your dream home since they are constantly updated. Sold properties are immediately taken off the site. That way, homebuyers are sure that there is no outdated information.The HUD website is convenient to use in finding the HUD home for you. You can do a quick search by clicking on the location on the map, type your preferred area in the search box, and filter results to include details like price range or the number of bedrooms.

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  • Secure your finances.

In buying a foreclosed home, it’s essential to make sure you won’t go into foreclosure upon purchasing the home too. While it’s important to win the bid and secure the deal, be honest about your price range. Being realistic with how much you can pay is essential in calculating mortgage payments and other expenses. 


This is as important as choosing the features you want the house to have. The amount you pay for your mortgage impacts your lifestyle. If your mortgage payment is too high, you won’t really enjoy the benefit of buying a cheaper home. There are many tools online that will help you calculate how much home you can afford -- from home inspection to closing costs. It is helpful to have a HUD certified real estate agent, like Nancy Braun, by your side. There are nuances that only a qualified agent can help you navigate.

Make sure you secure financing promptly to avoid being disapproved for mortgage loans or to lose out on the home of your choice to a more prepared buyer.

  • Get a HUD real estate agent.

Homebuying can be stressful, especially if you’re handling the purchase yourself. Getting an expert to help you with the whole process makes the process run smoother.

Using a HUD Certified agent will help you to successfully buy a HUD home. The guidance of an expert like Nancy Braun is key to your HUD home purchase. 

The properties are sold 'as is,' and in most cases, the deposit is non-refundable. The deposit may amount up to $2000, so there's no room for mistakes. Through an expert’s guidance, errors can be avoided. If you need the help of an expert, call me, Nancy Braun, at (704) 997-3794 today. I am licensed by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a Neighborhood HUD Home Listing Broker and REALTOR® in North Carolina and South Carolina. My team and I at Showcase Realty have assisted hundreds of HUD home buyers for many years to successfully buy HUD homes.

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