Is it ethical to buy a foreclosed home?(Read article summary)
A foreclosed home can be a bargain, but is it right to profit from someone else's misfortune?
I was having a discussion with Linda the other day about buying foreclosures and doing it the â€śrightâ€ť way. The reason we were chatting about it was because during Financial Peace University I remember Dave talking about how he went and visited homeowners who were about to be foreclosed upon and offered them $10K more than the starting price at the auction.
For example, one homeowner he visited was going to be foreclosed upon 3 days later â€“ the bank was going to be auctioning the property with a starting price of $150K. The homeowners house was appraised at something like $250-$300K â€“ and they were asking a price in that ballpark. But Dave was aware they had 3 days to sell the house or they would be foreclosed upon.
The question I keep asking myself is â€“ is it right?
Morally, it feels a lot different buying a bank-owned property that was foreclosed upon â€“ because the damage is done. The homeowner already lost the house â€“ and getting a deal from a bank (if you can) seems justified.
On one hand you could argue that any options offered to someone about to lose their house is a gesture of kindness â€“ because after all, they can turn down the offer.
But it seems to me that there is a very fine line between using someoneâ€™s misfortune for gain and just offering what itâ€™s worth to you at that given moment.
Anyway, my hunch is that every situation is a little different, so there may not be a black & white answer. But either way, what do you think?
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