Many pre-foreclosure properties are listed in the MLS. Some pre-foreclosure properties are not offered for sale, but the owners might consider selling. Other pre-foreclosure properties are not for sale at all. Simply because a property makes a list as a pre-foreclsoure does not mean it is available, or that is will be a good deal, if it is available.
If there are many liens against a property and insufficient equity to clear those liens, sometimes the only remedy is bankruptcy or foreclosrue.
Buying a property at foreclosure at auction carries many unknowns, and is not recommended for the risk adverse, or the beginner.
Once a property has been foreclosed, and goes back to the lender, it is offered for sale. This is commonly known as an REO property. REO properties are frequently listed with Realtors and placed in an MLS system. You can also search online for lenders and their REO departments to review their offerings.
If a pre-foreclosure of REO property is listed in MLS, any Realtor member will be able to provide you the listing details and schedule a showing. A more knowledgeable and skilled Realtor will provide menaingful advice to you, and take a more diligent approach to research on your behalf.
You can hire an exclusive buyer agent and want your agent to aggressively search all avenues for the best property at the best price for you. Although many buyers' ears will turn up at the sound of foreclosure, there are many great deals in many markets that have nothting to do w/ foreclosure. Downward pressure on pricing, and oversupply of inventory has led to price reductions in several markets. Look at all avenues for properties that fit your criteria and budget. You never know where your best deal might be.
Deborah Madey - Broker
Peninsula Realty Group