The main thing to understand about homes that you see listed in various places as pre-foreclosure is that the vast majority will never get to foreclosure. You would probably be better served contacting a buyer's agent and giving them your criteria, let the professionals do the leg work for you so that you will be able to decide between homes that are actually for sale. The buyer's agent should be fully compensated by the seller so that it costs you nothing to have an expert working for you, what's better than that?
Tom Brady SFR, e-PRO, SRES, GREEN, BPOR
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Notary Public, Retired N.Y.P.D. Lt.
#1 Listing & Selling Brokerage in NY
Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.
255 Executive Drive - Suite 104
Plainview, New York 11803... more