As others have stated the best way to obtain the most current information about foreclosures that are actually for sale is through a real estate agent. Many of these websites track notices of default. Just because a notice of default is filed, it doesn't mean that the house is foreclosed it simply means that the owner defaulted on paying their mortgage. It doesn't mean that the house is automatically available for sale. The owner may catch up on his default or work something out with the bank like a loan modification, etc. For those owners that do not or cannot make other financial arrangements with the bank will get foreclosed upon either through sheriff or deed in lieu of foreclosure (the owner gives back the house) and then the banks take back ownership and will list the property for sale with a broker/real estate agent. Bank owned and/or lender homes are known as REO properties.
Some owners who may have defaulted or may just be flipped flopped in their mortgage (owe more than the house is worth today) may have their property listed for sale with a broker/agent as a short sale. Short sales need the bank's approval to sell for less than what is owed to the bank. Short sales can relatively be a long process but not always.
Again, the best way to obtain the most current information about foreclosures and/or short sales that are actually for sale is to work with a real estate agent. Even if you were to pay for the lists, what would you do with the information? Contact the owner of a property that he is financially behind on and tell him you want to buy it? Most likely he will not even entertain you at all. You can look up the sheriff's sales for South Orange and/or all of Essex County at: http://salesweb.civilview.com/SalesListing.aspx.
Once you find out when the auction is going to be held, do you know how to proceed with buying a property (site unseen) at a sheriff's auction?
I have worked with buyers purchasing foreclosures in South Orange and the surrounding areas and I would be happy to assist you. Please contact me through Trulia or my contact information below so we can discuss your real estate needs. I can even send a list of the current bank owned properties in the market so you can get an idea of what they are worth and we can discuss their market value.
Gina Chirico, Sales Associate
Prudential NJ Properties
973-992-6363 ext 116