A pre-approval letter with stipulations from a local lender and a good nonrefundable deposit helps to make something like this possible.
There are quite a few websites includinging FSBO.COM, FORSALEBYOWNER.COM, HOMESBYOWNER.COM. I am unsure if they are all the same company with mutiple URLs. In any event, I feel that I should give you this good advice...you still need an agent even if your plan to to buy your future home from an unrepresented seller. It is protocol for the seller to still pay the buyer's agent's commission. Every smart buyer works with an agent and has even more reason to do so when going the For Sale by Owner and Foreclosed property route! You should be able to find several agents from your area on this site and once you interview them you'll recognize the one that will work best with you!!!! Good look with making your dreams come true!!!
Try checking out the website http://www.forsalebyowner.com.
Because of the difficulty selling property in today's market there are far fewer FSBO properties on the market than there were 2-3 years ago. Most buyers looking for deals are now exploring the "short sale" and "foreclosure" offerings.