The banks have vendors that will secure the property, and it all starts with that notice you saw. Once they confirm the vacancy, the home will be re-keyed, winterized, etc. The bank does this to protect their interest in the home.
I would recommend watching the AK Journal of Commerce for the foreclosure posting. It will tell you approximately what it will cost you to buy the home at the courthouse steps when/if the time comes.
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