If a home is pre-foreclosed it doesnt necessarily mean it will go into foreclosure. The owner still owns the house and with the right legal representation, they maybe able to stay as long as two years and after that time, they can file for bankruptacy hence staying longer. My suggestion-fall in love with something else that you can purchase.
Short answer....YOU DON"T....Realty Trak pulls from pubic records once a home goes into pre-foreclosure. Most of the houses are NOT for sale and many of those in this situation do not even go to foreclosure .
Your local county sheriff's office (or website if they have one) will usually list the houses that ARE being sold once bank owned, along with the very specific rules you must abide by when purchasing this type of home.
If you just want the notice of legal actions that Realty Trac sells go ahead and you may be able to get someone to agree to work with you in purchasing a property as a short sale as long as they are willing to leave the home and not try for a loan modification or help from other sources.
If you are looking at a home to buy get in touch with a RealtorÂ® in your area. You can get a list of homes available for sale from them.
Remember do not get a slanted idea of price from the republications on Realty Trac.