You & a billion other investors would love to be able to do the same thing (buy before the auction date & beat out the other competition) It doesn't happen like this UNLESS you have $10M-30M & you're able to buy distressed notes in bulk. Can you do that? I can hook you up with that route, just let me know.
Everyone has to wait for it to go ON the auction block to place a bid. OR buy it pre-foreclosure as a Short Sale.
Think of it as if you were trying to sneak in to the front of the line at Wal-mart on black friday, you know someone is going to pepper spray you & send you to the back of the line!
Shoot me an email directly if you want to talk about this some more, I don't look back on this same Trulia thread for answers posted after mine.
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