If it's in "pre-foreclosure" then the current owners still own it and they may or may not want to sell. You'd have to approach them. It could jsus be that they are underwater and willing to let it go to the bank, and they just want to stay there for free as long as possible.
There is really not a set gameplan because each case is truly unique, but I would allign yourself with a good realtor who can help you navigate those waters.
With regard to short sales and/or foreclosures. The process is one the Moretti Team is very familar with. You do not have to shy away from this type of Real Estate so long as your Realtor is very knowledgable with how these transactions work. Please reach out to us at (908) 912-5298 or via email at Toni@MorettiTeam.com. Thank you and we hope we were helpful in answering your question.
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