Buying any home can be a lot of stress, but worth it when you get the home you want, and even better if you get a great deal. Many people think foreclosures are always the best deal - I really don't. Let me explain:
When you buy a foreclosure, it is "AS IS, WHERE IS", meaning, you have no recourse if you find something seriously defective after closing. Most defects could be discovered during inspection, and sometimes the seler will compromise if the repairs are substantial, but many times, they really do not care. They'll sell it to someone sooner or later...
Short sales, or Pre-foreclosures, can be a really good deal. Typically you are buying as is as well, but you are buying the home from an individual, not a bank, so the disclosure laws are in place. Granted, the seller may have no money, but getting out of the contract if you need to is much easier.
In any case, the "Secret" to getting a great deal on a great home is have a GREAT Realtor. I have been helping folks buy and sell homes for over 14 years, and I have over 700 happy homeowners as past clients! I would love for you to become one of my happy past clients too!
Give me a call or email if you have any other questions!