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Sheri Harris, Other/Just Looking in Lancaster, CA

how do i know if a home i am going to rent is in foreclosure?

Asked by Sheri Harris, Lancaster, CA Sat Jan 17, 2009

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If you call or email me I will look it up for you, no problem.

Cindi Wolf, REALTOR, CMS
Century 21 Yarrow & Assoc.
44143 20th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
661-609-9392 cell
661-422-3001 fax
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It usually takes several months of missed mortgage payments before a lender begins foreclosure proceedings. The actual foreclosure "clock" begins once a Notice Of Default (NOD) is recorded against the property. From that point, the owner has three months to bring the loan current. If they don't, the lender records a Notice of Trustee's Sale (NOTS), and then must must wait at least another 21 days (advertising it in the paper once a week for three straight weeks) before it can actually foreclose.

All you have to do is go to your local county recorder's office and see if either an NOD or NOTS have been recorded. If so, by looking at the recording date, you'll know how soon the property can be foreclosed upon. If neither have been recorded, then the house is not currently in foreclosure.

Of course, just because the house isn't presently in foreclosure, that doesn't mean the owner isn't behind on his/her payments and heading in that direction. To ensure against that possibility, you could always ask the owner to provide a copy of their most recent mortgage statement (allowing them to black out any confidential information) to prove that everything is current. Many landlords, though, would probably balk at that and give you a 'You Gotta Be Kidding' type of response.

You can also try calling the main county office for one of your local title companies. Most of them have customer service departments, which have access to county records and they'll probably be willing to look up whether an NOD or NOTS have been recorded at no charge. The title company can also tell you how much the loan is on the property, which may help you determine whether the owner owes more on the house than it's worth. Keep in mind that just because someone is "upside-down" on their loan doesn't mean that they're a candidate for foreclosure, but someone in that financial position is certainly far more likely to go into foreclosure than an owner who still has plenty of equity.

Finally, you may be interested to know that Fannie Mae just adopted a policy whereby renters of Fannie Mae foreclosed homes will be allowed to stay in the home after foreclosure (until the home is re-sold by Fannie Mae). Up until now, most renters were either enticed to move or evicted right away after foreclosure.

Good luck!
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The last answer - not really much more to add. Other than do check it out first given the market.
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The respective county's public trustee's office will have this information. Several counties across the US have a web based database of this information.

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