Mac, I must informed you that buying a home at the the court house step is not a simple process. It has its rewards but it also has its woes also. I have done it for myself and it involves a lot of preparation. You MUST do a title search because not all leins ( mechanics and in some cases HOA, make sure you are bidding on the first and not the second mortgage, IRS leins require additonal paper work after the foreclosure etc) will fall off, there is no prior inspections and some homeowners/tenants are very savy and may use the system to stay in the property for much longer that you would want them to. When the attorney collects your money it is over. Good luck, I just want you to be very careful. I have had good luck and also bad luck.