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  • Writer's pictureRaphael Collazo

What is a Distressed Asset?

A distressed asset in real estate refers to a property that is in financial distress, typically as a result of the owner being unable to meet their financial obligations. Distressed assets can include properties that are in default on their mortgage or loan payments, properties that are being foreclosed upon by the lender, or properties that are in some other form of financial distress.

Distressed assets can present opportunities for investors or developers to acquire properties at a discounted price. However, they can also come with significant risks, as the properties may be in poor condition or may require significant repairs or renovations in order to be made marketable.

There are several ways in which distressed assets can come onto the market, including:

  1. Foreclosure - When a property owner is unable to make their mortgage payments, the lender may initiate the process of foreclosing on the property. The property is then sold at a public auction to the highest bidder.

  2. Short sale - In a short sale, the property owner sells the property for less than the amount owed on the mortgage or loan. The lender must agree to the sale in order for it to be completed.

  3. Bank-owned properties - When a property is foreclosed upon, the lender may become the owner of the property. These properties are often referred to as "bank-owned" or "REO" (real estate-owned) properties.

  4. Distressed property auctions - There are companies that specialize in acquiring distressed assets and selling them at auction. These auctions can be a source of distressed assets for investors or developers.

Investing in distressed assets can be a risky venture, and it is important for investors to carefully assess the condition of the property and the potential costs of any necessary repairs or renovations before making a purchase. It may also be advisable to seek legal and financial advice before proceeding with the purchase of a distressed asset.

Throughout my career, I've helped many commercial real estate investors identify, negotiate and secure commercial properties that aligned with their investment goals. If you're interested in purchasing property in Louisville, KY, or its surrounding areas, I'd be happy to help guide you through the process! Feel free to call/text me at (502) 536-7315 or email me at

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