Bank-Owned Property

DEFINITION of 'Bank-Owned Property'

Properties that are taken into a bank's inventory, after a foreclosure sale. Bank-owned property is aquired by a financial institution when a homeowner does not make their mortgage payments. These properties then sell at a discounted price, much lower than current home prices.

Also referred to as real estate owned property.

BREAKING DOWN 'Bank-Owned Property'

This type of property is taken back by lenders during foreclosure. Lenders and banks with the highest bid in a foreclosure gain the rights to obtain the property. Bank-owned properties tend to have low interest rates and low down payments. They can be found through the online service RealtyTrac, or directly through lenders. Large national lending institutions have departments called loss mitigation departments, that sell these properties.