You didn't indicate a property, which may be all the better for you. Most of the time the reason someone is selling may not be publically disclosed. If it's a divorce or other personal situation, sellers don't want this to get out and affect a buyer who may try to take advantage of their situation.
I would suggest you get a good local agent to arrange a showing in person and see if the home lives up to the pictures you've seen on line. You may get the answer to a lot of your questions in the process. Best of luck.