New Video On Spotting Vacant Houses Released From Foreclosure University

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Vacant houses can be a great way to make some additional cash. Foreclosure investing expert shares several ways to spot these vacant houses.

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Most homeowners like to have green grass and a pretty yard so they keep it mowed. If it sticks out like a sore thumb, there's a really good chance it's vacant.

Investing in vacant houses has always been a great way to make money, as long as it's done the right way. Foreclosure investor, Cameron Dunalp, shares a few secrets on how to spot these vacant houses. He's been an investor since 1993 and says that, "now is the time to be investing."

In this new video, Cam explains several things to look out for when spotting vacant houses. He also warns that in order to spot vacant houses, someone has to drive or walk the neighborhoods because there is no vacant house list. So what are some of the signs of vacant houses?

The first thing the video talks about is no curtains on the windows. Typically if there are no curtains or blinds on the windows, either it's a brand new home or it's vacant. Chances are it's vacant. It might also have a door or window that is either missing or broken. If someone was living there, these things would be fixed.

Another dead giveaway is if the lawn is brown or grass is 3 feet tall. "Most homeowners like to have green grass and a pretty yard so they keep it mowed," says Cameron. "If it sticks out like a sore thumb, there's a really good chance it's vacant."

The video also talks about newspapers that are piled up on the porch or driveway. Stickers on the front door are also a good sign. For those that live in areas where it gets cold, the snow can be a good indicator whether or not the home is vacant. If there are no tracks in the driveway or up to the steps, it could be vacant.

Cam mentions that in some cases, homeowners may have more than one home. Snowbirds are a good example of this. In the winter, they leave for the warmer home. In the summer, they might leave for the cooler home. Sometimes, these may look like vacant houses, however, in cases like this, most of the homes look like they've been taken care of and are not falling apart.

Mail falling out of the mailbox is another good sign. One of the biggest things to look for when spotting vacant houses are the meters. Sometimes these are gone when a house is vacant. Either because of vandalism or because the utility company has taken the meter as a standard procedure until someone occupies the home again.

These are all great ways to spot vacant houses. For more information on vacant houses and how to invest in them, visit

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