HUD Homes: The Basics

by Sophie Tsang 01/09/2022


If you're searching for a new home, you may have come across references to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) homes. HUD offers government mortgage insurance programs and loans. But what is a HUD home, exactly?

Here are the basics to help you with your home search:

HUD Homes: The Basics

HUD homes are foreclosed properties reclaimed by the government. When a buyer uses a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan to buy a residential property, they risk losing the property entirely if they cannot make their mortgage payments. The government then re-sells the homes at a low price to make up for the money spent paying off the rest of the mortgage.

Every HUD house gets an appraisal to determine the best price, but they are still often below market value. This makes them attractive options for first-time homebuyers, flippers or anybody looking for a good deal.

Incentives to Buy HUD Homes

The HUD agency offers many incentives to homebuyers to encourage the sale of these foreclosed properties. These incentives include grants, vouchers and special buyer programs to assist with mortgage payments, down payments and more. Buyers with careers in public service or who work with nonprofit organizations are also eligible for some of these special incentives.

Buying a HUD Home

It's important to note that the process for buying a HUD home differs from other homes. You won't find listings for these properties in the usual places like MLS or search portal sites. Instead, you can search and browse HUD listings on their website.

HUD homes are different from other properties in that you have to buy them at auction. You need a licensed real estate agent to represent you, to bid on and purchase a property.

Is a HUD property right for you? There are many factors to consider, but knowing the basics will help you make your decision. Consult a real estate professional for advice on the best way to proceed with your home search.

About the Author
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Sophie Tsang

Sophie’s Civil Engineering background and marketing expertise contribute to her broad understanding and high efficiency in marketing real estate properties. She has been consistently a top performer since 2005, and ranks top 1% of all Silicon Valley Realtors, and top 1000 Realtors in the country per World Street Journal Real Trends.

As a seasoned negotiator, Sophie’s no-nonsense marketing system and meticulous attention to details have been key success factors. She is known as the The Fixer, or the Miracle Worker, frequently helps sellers sell their homes when other agents had failed or given up. She helps buyers get into homes when they previously struggled. 19 years in Real Estate, Sophie has honed her skills on getting the best possible results for her clients. Her trusted network of vendors and use of cutting-edge technology ensure each step of each transaction is executed to achieve next level result!

Sophie is a proud parent of 2 Eagle Scouts. She has done guest speaking at Faith Radio, and written a column for World Journal Newspaper to share her Real Estate knowledge. Sophie is a Palo Alto Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow, also a Golden Gate Keeper (Golden Gate National Park Conservancy)