Canuck Investors Trolling For Foreclosure Buys in The U.S.

Canuck investors trolling for foreclosure buys in the U.S. are increasingly moving their search from the Multiple Listings Service to the auction block, an effort to get a jump on a dwindling number of properties in many U.S. markets.

“More and more Canadians, and other investors looking for property in Arizona, Florida and Nevada, are going to the real estate auctions in order to find properties,” Lance Livingston, with Smart Arizona Foreclosures, told CREW at last weekend’s Investor Forum Toronto. “The auction is the last step in the process where technically the homeowner still owns the property and the bank is obligated to hold an auction and offer it to the public first before it takes title and puts it back into their inventory.”

Those auctions often take place once a month and see investors square off against each other but also a slew of prospective homebuyers looking to snatch up a deal. The investors, Canadian or otherwise, are no exception. 

That represents something of a change from the usual way of Canadians acquire U.S. properties. Most have relied on bank REO listings on MLS or from their own inventory sales sheets of homes that have already cleared the auction process. 

At auction, Canadians are finding highly motivated sellers, who generally have the full right to sell, unrestricted by pending foreclosure status. 

That generally accrues to the borrower’s advantage, a slight edge Canadians facing increased competition for foreclosure properties are desperate for. 

Still, buying at auction in some states comes without the checks and balances of purchasing an REO directly from the bank – if, in fact, you can find one. 

- “Buyer Beware” applies, and that buyer should have conducted a title search prior to bidding. 

- That buyer should also be aware that not all liens on the property may be extinguished through foreclosure.

"That's why Canadian investors really need to make sure they have a team in place locally that knows how to navigate the system locally," said Livington, a specialist in a market where property values have benefited from the appetite of Canuck investors -- Arizona.



*indicates required fields.

Meet the team

  • Will Pratt
  • Justin Sabbagh
  • Mike Wilcox

Mortgage Calculator

Purchase Amount:
Down Payment:
Interest Rate:
Payment Interval:
Mortgage Term (Years)
Total Payments:
Total Amount Paid:
Total Interest Paid:


The data relating to real estate on this website comes in part from the MLS® Reciprocity program of either the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV), the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) or the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board (CADREB). Real estate listings held by participating real estate firms are marked with the MLS® logo and detailed information about the listing includes the name of the listing agent. This representation is based in whole or part on data generated by either the REBGV, the FVREB or the CADREB which assumes no responsibility for its accuracy. The materials contained on this page may not be reproduced without the express written consent of either the REBGV, the FVREB or the CADREB.