Foreclosures in Red Deer- What do you need to know

Are you planning to buy the perfect home for your family and are on a tight budget. You should consider searching for foreclosures in Red Deer? Then you probably looking for a brand new house or even looking to build your own. But do you know that a lot of foreclosures in Red Deer rarely stay on the market for more than 2 weeks? But before we go over the foreclosure listings in Red Deer, let us first understand what a foreclosure is.

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What is Foreclosure?

Foreclosure is either a house or a property that is going through a legal process where the bank or the lender (also known as bank foreclosure or court ordered sales) attempts to recover the balance of a loan from the borrower.

Reason for Foreclosures in Red Deer

There are numerous reasons why some homeowners come to a decision to let go of their property. Some are forced to do a distress sale and there are few who opt to foreclosure voluntarily.  Here are the main reasons:

  • Divorce or a dispute with a co-owner
  • Relocation-moving to another far state
  • Can no longer afford the maintenance
  • Excessive debt
  • Fired or laid-off in job
  • Medical crisis- can no longer pay mortgage

Why choose Foreclosure properties in Red Deer?

A lot of people think that foreclosure houses are not the best option. Some thinks that foreclosures are old, ugly and with low market value. Some also thinks that it is better and much cheaper to buy a foreclosure house than buying a brand new one. Well, there are lots of advantages and disadvantages. At the end of the day you have to choose the best option for you, the one that meets all your need. But how can you determine which way to go? What aspects should you look for? Are you making the right decision? Let’s dig deeper in the world of foreclosure houses.

How to find Foreclosure properties Red Deer.

We highly recommend to seek help from Real Estate Agent that is familiar with the foreclosure process. They have the most knowledge, experience and resources.  The foreclosure process is very different than a regualr property sale. Most of the time you are dealing with an agency that is working for the lender, and most of the time are very firm and push their agendas harder than a regular real estate agent. Also, it will be a big convenience for you as you do not need to spend time home searching as you only need to show up for the house viewing.

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The Foreclosure Process

Do some research first, knowing even just a little about foreclosure properties can be a big help to determine what you really need and asking the right questions. Usually a realtor or brokers are more than willing to explain things to you, however, it is much better to know things beforehand so you know if the broker or realtor is providing you the right information.

It is quite easy to gather information. You will find the you will need to be flexible and willing to put in some renovations because most foreclosure homes will need renovations or maintenance. Checking the market news from time to time will be helpful in the future also knowing the cycles of the market can be to your advantage.

Foreclosure Evaluations 

Now that you have enough information and have a realtor or broker to help you, comes the home evaluation. A careful inspection of your Red Deer Foreclosure property is a must. You never know that a simple fixer upper home can be a major renovation. See the house yourself; never buy something sight unseen. Ask for permission to have an expert to inspect the home. Or if the house already been inspected, ask for the inspection report. Review it and ask for someone who can explain the things you do not understand.

Keep in mind that the bank will not give you discount or lower the price if you found the house with lots of things to fix. Foreclosure house price is “as is” which means it is not negotiable. So make a mental calculation in your mind. Is the price too much if you add the cost for upgrades? Is this within your budget? Will this take too much effort to make your new home?

You also have to consider the surrounding neighbourhood as it also affects the market value of your property. Is it safe there? Are the neighbours too close or too far? Is the community friendly? What are the comparable homes selling for? Do not just focus on the house itself; the outside is important as much as the inside.


Will the foreclosure sell for Market Value once renovated?

Is the house accessible to commercial area? Is it near schools, parks, malls, hospital or church? This factor plays a big role for the house value. It is not just the house or the neighbourhood that gives value to the house but also the properties or commercial area around it.

Also look for the downside. Are they too many foreclosure houses in the area?  There might be a reason why. Are there any factories nearby? Are there lots of criminal reports around the area? These factors can lower your property value.

Red Deer Information

  • Mayor: Tara Veer
  • Governing body: Red Deer City Council
  • City Manager: Craig Curtis
  • MPs: Earl Dreeshen,Blaine Calkins
  • MLAs: Barb Miller,Kim Schreiner


  • Land: 104.73 km2 (40.44 sq mi)
  • Urban: 62.91 km2 (24.29 sq mi)
  • Elevation: 855 m (2,805 ft)


  • City: 100,418
  • Density: 958.8/km2 (2,483/sq mi)
  • Urban: 99,718
  • Urban density:1,585.2/km2 (4,106/sq mi)
  • Municipal census: 99,832

Red Deer Foreclosure Market 

Is the current price the same as it was a month ago? Does the price go down or up? Finding out how the market prices move from the time it was listed can help you to figure out if the current asking price is reasonable. If you found out that the price is relative higher or lower than before, it will help you to figure out how much you should be paying for the house.

Take note that if there are lots of properties for sale in the area, it is most likely that the prices are lower. A lot of for sale properties in an area drives down the prices. So if you find that your house cost much more compared to similar house in the area, then you might consider looking elsewhere or wait for the price to go down. Looking over foreclosure listing in Red Deer and study prices of the house, this will also help you if what price range for a certain area.

Financing a Foreclosure 

Set a budget. You should find a home that is within your budget. Don’t waste time looking for houses that you know is way more you can pay for. This will only make you think you should spend more and not considering if you can afford to pay the mortgage in the future. You may find a foreclosure home that has all your wants and needs but more than you want to spend. It may seem you can afford it now but how about in the future? What if intereste rates go up? Thinking in advance is not bad idea but you also have to think for the worst case scenario. You might end up like the previous owner of those foreclosure houses, forced to  sell the property because you can no longer afford it. We recommend to all our clients live within your means, your well being, family and future deserve it.

Set your maximum price. Calculate it by adding the asking price plus the cost you will be spending for repairs or upgrades if there is any. Never ever go way over your budget. There is some foreclosure house that allows buyers to bid and we all know that sometimes we can get carried on with the hype and the desire of winning. But bear in mind that this is not just about winning but getting what you need that you can afford.

There are lots of factors you need to consider before buying a foreclosure in Red Deer. All you need to do is narrow down your list depending on your needs and wants. Don’t rush yourself to make a decision immediately. Think things thoroughly and study your options. We are here to help you and educate you on the foreclosure process. Contact us today at 403-505-0039  Lean on our experience to get the deal done smoothly.