If you want more detailed information on the home ownership history, liens and judgment records, tax, mortgage balance... do an online title research and http://www.nextace.com
I am a Realtor as well as in investor in Northern Virginia. If you are interested in foreclosures as soon as they pop on or even before they pop onto the market, just let me know. I can link your email to my specialized foreclosures list so you can get a head start before other buyers jump in. Please contact me!
List it, SOLD!
This is happening primarily because people are resorting to their own means of finding these properties. The rule of thump to remember is that anything that is "good" goes fast, usually in the first couple of days.....so any serious buyer attempting to enter these highly competitive waters should do so with the support of an agent that can notify them of new listings as soon as they become available.
AND...yes these services are FREE because the bank seller pays the fee for professional services.
Best wishes with your search,
A local real estate agent can set up an automated alert for you so that you get emailed as soon as the house you are watching becomes available for sale.
If you need an agent in the Manassas market, you may want to consider finding a local REMAX Real Estate Agent.
As a first time home buyer there is so much to learn that you really need to start by having your own agent. Agents can research foreclosures for free and will educate you as to the process and advise to the most reliable strategies with the offer.
I also wouldn't suggest you focus strictly on foreclosures. Some can be a good deal; others can be full of unexpected surprises and expenses.
Also, don't fall for RealtyTrac's ads. They are just trying to sell more subscriptions. Just because a notice of default has been filed, it does not necessarily mean the property is or will ever be for sale.
Oggi Kashi - 415.690.3792 direct
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
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