The Next REO Wave is Coming

The Next REO Wave is Coming

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To a town near you, the next REO wave is coming soon!

I predict that the United States is going to see an explosion of foreclosure related work again within the next 12 months or sooner.

You may be talking in your head and asking yourself “How the hell does she know that this is going to happen?!”


With record numbers of Coronavirus related job losses in the last few months that has led to massive amounts of people filing for and receiving unemployment, along with millions of people not being able to afford to keep paying their mortgage payments this WILL create a boom in the REO and BPO industry unlike anything we’ve seen since 2008. It’s just a matter of time and unfortunately, we all know that sometimes history repeats itself.

If you are an actively licensed real estate agent or broker, will you be prepared?

You know for me I find that it’s a rather strange existence to be able to work in the foreclosure side of the real estate industry because when things are bad for those so negatively affected, we do well and are able to thrive in most instances.


It’s a hard reality to experience growth, financial stability and opportunity when regular people’s lives are forever changed when they are faced with having to walk away from their home.

My heart really goes out to individuals and families that are forced to file a foreclosure or a short sale. I can only try to imagine how hard that would be to have to go through that and the after affects that come along by default, like having your credit get decimated.

The empath in me has a hard time with knowing that I simply can’t control bad things from happening to people out there but I do get to be a part of helping resolve issues so everyone can get closure and move on.

As a previous real estate professional that did BPO and REO work for years, I remember a few times walking into a foreclosed house and seeing sights that would make anyone want to cry. It was a very surreal but humbling thing to experience!

I know that I am very blessed and am extremely thankful to have been able to have carved out a niche market for myself that has provided me years of all-around stability.

Through it all, I try to look at the positive side to everything and remind myself that I chose this profession and that it has treated me very well!


Experienced, smart agents and brokers that pay attention to the warning signs NOW of how the effects of the COVID-19 virus is going to cause mayhem in the real estate market will have the best odds of success, if they plan ahead and start working on ramping up by having the best systems in place.

REO and BPO professionals are soon going to be flooded with potential work, like what happened with the mortgage meltdown a decade before.

In the coming weeks, months and in the next year, I predict a massive explosion of opportunities not only in the real estate market as a whole but I believe that it will peak strongly in the REO and BPO industry.

It will be a matter of time and a natural progression of cause and effect for the big build-up that’s currently building momentum, stealth-fully.

I recommend to those that are qualified and interested (an actively licensed real estate agent, broker or appraiser) to start to plan ahead RIGHT N-O-W.

Get the right tools, software & training to help you do your job and get organized strategically. Those that do will prosper, like I did and those who don’t will be forced with having to leave the industry. This isn’t a prediction, it’s experience speaking, because again I’ve personally gone through this cycle before – and maybe you have as well.


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As a general warning, don’t expect to see a bunch of numbers, estimates and such within this article.

I’m not one to focus on exact numbers and statistical information and analysis. I find this all very boring although telling at the same time. Instead, I try to get and stay educated on issues, I use my common sense and first-hand personal experience of being a real estate professional that specialized in BPO work during the mortgage meltdown crisis of 2008.

After 15+ years of being in this special niche industry called REO (real estate owned / bank owned) and BPO (broker price opinion) work, I’ve seen and done almost everything on a professional basis and have strived to do my work as ethically and above board as possible.

It’s a great business to be in!

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Nicole Ocean was a national speaker, previously certified real estate instructor, BPO trainer and coach. She's worked with every MLS system in the US and has been teaching and helping thousands of real estate professionals all over the United States for the last 17+ years. She is now retired

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  • Hi Nicole, any update on when the wave will hit?
  • Interesting to read. Undoubtedly we all expect crisis in the housing market. My heart goes to Donald Trump, he may have legal instruments as a private sector guy to create solutions and avoid extensive damage to the economy.
  • With all the moratoriums on I do not see this happening in a 12 month time frame. The unemployment rate up to this point has been more than most were making at their jobs. $600 week PP. I do feel many will lose their homes from being forced to stay home, but I think most future foreclosures are going to go through the state court systems again. Just like what happened with the 'MERS' issue. Some of those took years to work through the court system. I live in Oregon. Under normal conditions is a Trustee foreclosure state.
  • To think that this country can absorb the job losses and not end up with more REO is just fantasy land. I too can remember early days in 2007 and walking away from a cash for keys with tears running down. We can only try to make it better for the ones we deal with who are caught in the ringer. This is another part of the job no one mentions much and it can range from scary to heart breaking. We can only do what we can do but we can at least try to make things as easy as possible.
  • I agree. It looks by mostly common sense, we are headed for REO again. I'm now trying to decide if I should make the investment and go to the Five Star this Sept or not.
    • Jeffrey, the Five Star has been moved to an online presentation only due to covid-19. So we should all save lots of money by not have to book a room & flight
    • Right on. Looking forward to it.
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