Files of the Broker: What Is a Judicial Sale?

July 14, 2010

In my last post I wrote about an astute investor who exploited the opportunity of a Judicial Sale when he bought a unique, mixed-use property, for a bargain price of under $100,000. Such opportunities come up frequently but are missed by most people because they don’t know where to look specifically. In addition, the term Judicial Sale is not part of the everyday vocabulary and opportunities are missed.
The term judicial sale is a legal notice informing the public of an intended sale of a property to the highest bidder, in an auction environment by a sheriff. The reason for a judicial sale is most commonly for arrears of property taxes owed to a municipality.
The action of resorting to a Judicial Sale occurs only after a municipality has failed to collect tax arrears from the owner, and all other methods of suasion have also failed. In other words, a Judicial Sale is the final legal act to obtain these arrears through a property sale to the highest bidder.
Such notices appear typically in the newspaper column under legal matters/auctions.
Notices of smaller communities and municipalities, especially in cottage country, offer greater opportunities for investors. The first reason is that due to population numbers, there is a smaller interested audience than in a city. Secondly, it requires special geographic knowledge. Finally, it takes a lot less money to be a successful bidder.
If you are patient and interested in cottage country properties, this may be an opportunity worthwhile exploring. One of our clients, a couple, purchased a property for summer vacations under Judicial Sale on Prince Edward Island, where they grew up.
Granted, the pursuit of Judicial Sales opportunities requires effort, but it can be a rewarding experience.
It is highly unlikely in these situations for a Bank to be your financial partner. More often than not, such situations require private mortgage financing and backing of an experienced mortgage broker.
From the Files Of The Broker: Arnold Molder 416.461.0204 4804_111329471317_544211317_2745031_1158517_n

Profile

Christopher Molder

Mortgage Broker

Christopher is a mortgage broker based in Toronto, Canada. And a son of a broker too.He’s a second generation mortgage broker.Following in his father’s steps he joined the family mortgage business straight out of university.

Customer Service Numbers:

CMHC: 1-800-668-2642
Genworth: 1-800-511-8888
Canada Guaranty: 1-866-414-9109

ATB: 1-800-332-8383
B2B: 1-800-263-8349
BMO: 1-877-895-3278
Bridgewater: 1-866-243-4301
CIBC: 1-800-465-2422
CMLS: 1-888-995-2657
Optimum: 1-866-441-3775
Equitable: 1-888-334-3313
Connect First: 403-736-4000
Chinook Financial: 403-934-3358
First Calgary Financial: 403-736-4000
First National: 1-888-488-0794
Haventree: 1-855-272-0051
Home Trust: 1-855-270-3630
HSBC: 1-888-310-4722
ICICI: 1-888-424-2422
Manulife: 1-877-765-2265
MCAP: 1-800-265-2624
Merix: 1-877-637-4911
Marathon: 1-855-503-6060
RBC: 1-866-809-5800
RFA: 1-877-416-7873
RMG: 1-866-809-5800
Scotiabank: 1-800-472-6842
Servus: 1-877-378-8728
Street Capital: 1-866-683-8090
TD: 1-866-222-3456