Navigating the Minefields of Today’s “Distressed Property” Market

Today’s real estate market participant needs to be savvy to the wide variety of terms used to describe “financially distressed” real estate in the U.S.  As buyer or seller, there are legal steps for disposing or acquiring certain types of  “distressed real estate”.  Sellers of  “distressed property” can have their credit score adversely impacted, depending upon the type of liquidation process that is used on their property.  With all this being said, deeply-discounted property from; foreclosures, short sales, etc, helped drive the 2009 real estate market in the U.S.  This was especially powerful, when combined with federal tax credits geared to motivate new and repeat homebuyers to enter the market.  The impact of these “financially distressed” properties may be a significant part of our country’s real estate picture for some time into the future.

For these reasons, I feel this week’s blog/newsletter should kick off an examination of the various terms used for “distressed property” in today’s realty arena.  Please be aware that laws governing “distressed property” and real estate in general vary from state to state.  There can be federal IRS tax consequences hidden in these “bargain properties” as well.  For the best advice possible, utilize a CPA and an attorney with real estate experience in the area that you are buying or selling real estate.  The Jason White Team can refer you to professionals in East Tennessee’s Smokies that can assist with complex property issues on a sale or purchase here.  In order to keep this blog/newsletter reasonable in length, look for the upcoming examination and definition of “financially distressed properties” like foreclosure and short sale in my website,,  under the categories of; “For the Buyer” and “For the Seller” across the top of my home page. This project should be complete within the next week or so.

Here are a Couple of My Latest Listings: (These are not foreclosures or short sales!)

Update w/ Spectacular Views of Mountains
This updated, meticulously maintained home is a beauty! Enjoy the spectacular northern view of the mountains from a level yard on one of many decks.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee
Price: $248,500
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Up Close and Personal w/ Mt LeConte
Level yard and totally updated with panoramic views of Mt. LeConte and Gatlinburg’s city lights. Excellent location-close to downtown Gatlinburg and all the amenities!
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee
Price: $239,900