Sometimes I wonder if duplex foreclosures have been good for Sears.
See, foreclosures often come with many things; abandoned socks, broken toys, dust bunnies…
But they don’t always come with appliances.
Believe it or not, big items like refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers are considered personal property. As such, the party who lost the duplex to foreclosure has the right to either sell them on Craigslist before they leave, or put them on the moving truck.
Even if there are appliances on the premises after the bank has taken possession, they can’t guarantee they’ll be there after closing. Most of the time they are, but theoretically anyway, they belong to the previous owner.
As a result, it’s always a good idea to budget for new appliances as you begin the duplex buying process.