Sam, you mentioned “closing date” … So exactly what type of ‘auction’ was this? Was this a ‘trustee sale’ and are you awaiting receipt of the deed??As far as I know, VA is a non-judicial foreclosure state… and it sounds like this was a trustee sale? Yes? If so, then once you receive and record the deed… the sale is finalized.?
There are different rules of thumb when it comes to when&how to make contact with the current occupants. Some investors will contact occupants immediately post sale. It really is an ‘it depends’… and this becomes a pretty lengthy if/then discussion. As a general rule, I prefer to wait until I receive/record my trustee’s deed before making contact. If no one is home, I will post and photograph a dated ‘change of ownership’ notice with my contact info and place a copy in the mailbox.?
Do you intend to occupy the property as your primary residence? If " no" then you should read carefully the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, which has been extended through 2014… as you may have to honor a current preexisting lease agreement if you are dealing with a bona fide tenant (arms length, fair market rent, etc.) albeit rents now go to? you.
There are various 'm/o’s for evictions. Try a cash-4-Keys offer. I like to wrap my ‘$-4-keys’ agreement into a court ordered ‘stipulated judgement’ which allows me to proceed swiftly to a UD action if the tenant fails perform (i.e. fails to move out on agreed upon date, or fails to leave property undamaged and in ‘broom clean’ condition).