Why do you want to buy a foreclosure? Not a trick question, I just assume that you want the best value for your money with everything you want in your home. Though foreclosure offer many good deals, I have seen many homes that were better deals than foreclosures. Depending on the type of foreclosure the process can be different. Get yourself a qualified Realtor and let them walk you through the process. I will be happy to assist if you don't have an agent. You can also search for foreclosures on my web page. Good luck.
I have dealt a lot with foreclosures on the buying end. You are going to want to have your own representation. in North Carolina , the state is known as a buyer beware state. Which means unless you hire an agent to represent you ALL agents work for the seller. But the seller pays your agent. So you get your own representation at the cost to the seller. it becomes a win /win situation for you.
I work primarily with buyers and have dealt with a lot of foreclosure sales due to the price point they are in. If you would like representation and help in finding a foreclosed home please do ntto hesitate to either give me a call at 704-519-7895 or e-mail me back at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Banks and Gov. have created web sites to provide the Public with all the information needed to understand the bid/purchase process they each use and a place to view all their available Properties....
http://www.homepath.com/ ... http://bankofamerica.reo.com/search/propertysearch.aspx .. http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/topics/hud_homes
You can find all the info on these FREE Services and information provided to the Public directly by the Banks and Gov. entities actually selling the property here...http://www.trulia.com/blog/dunes/2010/01/reo_s_and_gov_prope
If you would like to research Tax Sales or find public records (Property info ect.) then you may find it worth your time to review this....http://www.trulia.com/blog/dunes/2010/01/public_records_find
DO NOT BOTHER USING TRULIAS FORECLOSURE SEARCH...All of Trulias "foreclosureslistings" are just RealtyTrac Ads designed to get you to go to the RealtyTrac site and subscribe to their pay service..
Trulia provides this information in it's FAQ..
Trulia Help Center > Overview > Partners > Where do you get your foreclosure information?All foreclosure listings are provided by RealtyTrac and display basic foreclosure information. In order to view full foreclosure details, users must register with RealtyTrac. RealtyTrac offers a 7 day free trial, but charges a subscription fee after the initial trial period"