You are asking if this property is in court, presumably due to default of the owner, and the owner has paid his mortgage. Let me ask you, are you interested in buying this property and what would make you think it is in distress? If you are interested in buying the home just ask the owner if he would consider selling it. If you are waiting for it to go to a sheriifs sales be advised that if there is an out standing loan on the property that is where the lender will start the bidding plus any cost they have associated with the home. In that case your better off finding out who the lender is and if they acquire the home then buy it. You will get a better price. There are a lot of investment opportunities currently in the housing market. Don't think that just because a home is in the process of a foreclosure that it is a bargain. Do your home work or better yet, hire a buyer agent to assist you.