As others have told you, there are better ways to buy.
Good luck in your search!
But the good thing is when all is said and done and the home has been foreclosed on it will be released for sale to the general public and you should get a great deal on it!
Learning is never a bad idea. I wondered about the same thing. Once I learned more I would not do it without doing a lot more homework on a given property than I would have a clue how to do.
The banks know that by bringing it to the market place they will have more than one buyer making an offer. In fact, many banks will place the home on the market and ask for final and best which basically means they stack offers to ensure they get top dollar.
Now your orginial ? the best way to get homes at sheriff sale is to watch the legal news. Best of luck