The banks maintain databases of the properties for sale (REO) that they have listed. These databases contain, the asking price, address, property description. sometime photos, and who they listed the property with. Many of the Banks make these databases available to the public. (FREE) and the site above provides the links to those sites. It also provides links to the Gov. property for sale sites.
Good luck, Dunes
I imagine the reason you're citing RealtyTrac is that you want good information on pre-foreclosures that is all in one place, searchable by a variety of parameters, and linked to market trends to help with decision making. If you're diligent, you can utilize this information, along with the services of a good agent, and maybe save $50,000 - $100,000 or more. "Going around" RealtyTrac is a strategy that will save you maybe $300 over a course of a year and throw you into the marketplace with everyone else who has incomplete information on these kind of properties. So you need to ask yourself, Aimee, am I a real buyer? Or, do you just enjoy the attention and chatter a question like this creates on Trulia.