The owner might be in the process of negotiating something that has not become public knowledge, maybe a modification or even a short sale.
Wish I could tell you something more.
If I can help you at all, please do not hesitate to contact me.
You might be doing him a favor if it is a short sale and make him
an offer. Even though a house is a short sale
that is the first stage of a foreclosure. A homeowner has to prove
hardship in order for the bank to sell short.
If the homeowner does nothing and waits for foreclosure in other words
waits to be evicted than you have to wait for the bank to gain possession of the home.
I hope this helps you.
Charles Rutenberg Realty