Hi - Trulia posts listings coming from many sources - Realty Trac is just one of them. I have been watching listings being posted by Realty Trac and it doesn't always seem to have the most current info. I looked up a couple different properties they had posted as being active, and those properties had sold as much as 3 months ago. I belong to another resource that's absolutely free (Realty Trac is not) that I am able to set up a customized search in and receive emails notices many times a day as new Notices of Default with an auction date set has just been mailed to the home owner. I got an email notice a few days ago on a property where I knew the home owner - when I asked him about it, he hadn't even received his Notice with an auction date set in the mail yet. It's a great resource and doesn't cost anything and will give you addresses. The only factor that it doesn't always have is whether there's a 2nd mortgage or other liens (neither does Realty Trac) - so you will see that the home is being foreclosed and when they post the minimum bid - that may only be for the 1st. You will have to do your own research and find out about additional liens the buyer could be responsible for. A good Realtor will be set up with their preferred Title Company and be able to do some research regarding the loans on the property and at least give you that info - and can also connect you with their Title Officer to run a preliminary title report to search for other possible liens as well.
If you are interested in checking out the site I mentioned - the web address is: http://www.USA-Foreclosure.com.
Great site with alot of good info.
Real Estate Broker & Residential/Commercial Loan Officer
Commonwealth Group & Sunset Mortgage Co.
Serving the Portland Metro Area