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Using AZ Bidder to Buy Homes at Trustee’s Sales: Winning a Bid

“I wish you were born knowing everything so you could just stay home all day.”

–          My 6 year-old daughter’s reaction when she found out she has to go back to school after spring break ends.

Out of the mouth of babes.  If only us humans could be like Neo, Keanu Reeves’ character in the Matrix.  Imagine how cool it would be if our brains were like a computer and could download a program for piloting a helicopter.  Or how about transferring a jujitsu file into your cranium?  Certainly with this kind of technology we’d all have a little more time to hang out around the house watching TV.

That would make my little kindergartner very happy.  She could watch a marathon of Sponge Bob and the Wild Kratts.

Alas, we’ll never see that happen in our lifetime.

The good news is if you decide to buy a house at a trustee’s sale (auction) in Arizona, specifically Maricopa County, you can know everything AND stay home all day.  That is, of course, if you use the online bidding service AZ Bidder.

Keep in mind that I don’t get paid by AZ Bidder.  I’m just a client and a big fan of their service.  To see why check out the 7-part video series I did last month.  The only flaw in it was I didn’t win the bid on the property I chose to profile.

So without any further delay please click on the video below to see how well the system works when you win a bid on a property.

*For the best resolution I recommend you view this in full screen mode with the 720p HD option selected at the bottom right corner of the video box.

Winning a Bid


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Using AZ Bidder to Buy Homes at Trustee’s Sales: Videos 1-4

“The most valuable commodity I know of is information.”

–       Gordon Gekko in Wall Street, 1987

I was 15 years old when the film Wall Street was released.  I had no interest in business back then.  I was too busy popping pimples and chasing girls – on my bike.  By the time I got around to caring about business, about 15 years later, the movie was off my radar.  That is, until Wall Street:  Money Never Sleeps came out in 2010.  I finally watched Wall Street and I wasn’t disappointed.

Last December, I was introduced to AZ Bidder by Tom Ruff of the Information Market.  This powerful web-based program allows me to bid on homes sold at trustee’s sales (auction) here in Maricopa County, Arizona, online.  With this service I can search for homes in foreclosure by city, zip code or file number.  It allows me to build in my own assumptions for holding costs and repairs.  I can order and view title and drive reports.  The market analysis information comes directly from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service.  Once I finish my due diligence I can place my bid and watch the auction unfold live on my computer screen.

That’s a lot of stuff and I’m sure I left a few things out.  Whenever I log into the system I think of Gordon Gekko.  With all of this information at my fingertips I can make better buying decisions.  It makes we want to go around quoting him.  This line is one of my favorites –  “I don’t throw darts at a board. I bet on sure things.  Read Sun-tzu, The Art of War. Every battle is won before it is ever fought.”

I posted 4 videos here today.  On Monday I will post the other three.  Here’s the order:

  1. Property search
  2. Identification and research
  3. Market analysis
  4. Marking for bid (title and drive report)
  5. Placing the bid
  6. Watching the bidcast
  7. Final Results

*For the best resolution I recommend you view these videos in full screen mode with the 720p HD option selected at the bottom right corner of the video box.

Video 1 – Property Search

Video 2 – Identification and Research

Video 3 – Market Analysis

Video 4 – Marking for Bid

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