It depends on who the property is listed with. If it is listed with one of the big auction companies they usually have an on-line form that allows you to place a bid on the property. If it is listed with an agent then give them a call and they can let you know the process for the property you are interested in.... more
If the property has already been foreclosed on by the bank, then the answer is zero - the house was taken back and the mortgage cancelled.
I list and sell REO (Real Estate Owned) properties for banks and I can tell you that foreclosure properties are sold "as is" and are put on the market at a discount based on their overall condition. Besides the shortfall from the mortgage, the banks also have about $30,000 in legal expenses to foreclose on a borrower so they reselling the property at a significant loss. But the total loss is not what the resale price is based on - it's the fair market value less a discount to get the property sold in less than 90 days.
Wayne Hare, e-PRO RealtorÂ®