So many people are interested in getting what they think is a less expensive property, but because they don't start at the first step, they miss out.
As with any real estate transaction, the FIRST STEP is to make sure that unless you are paying all cash for your purchase, you have gotten pre-qualified by a lender and know what type of mortgage they have qualified you for. More importantly, make sure they know that you are considering REO properties, which are often in distressed condition, because many of these properties will not qualify for various financing programs.
After this most important first step, you will probably want to find and hire a real estate agent who has experience with REO / foreclosure properties. The paperwork and the process on these homes can be more extensive than a traditional purchase of a "standard" residential resale and you want someone who is familiar with the ins and outs of these transactions.
If you need a referral to a qualified REO agent in your area, feel free to give me a call.
Good luck Quentin!
The first step would be to visit Greenwich Hall to look at the land records.
You want to see who is listed as the owner. If it is a bank, you contact the REO department and track down who is handling the file.
Once you have found the right person (and it may take a number of calls over many days) you can ask about the status of this file and the procedures you need to follow if you want to make an offer.
Please feel free to ask for your Realtor to assist you in this process.