Foreclosures that are listed in the MLS will have pictures. (Sometimes you only see outside images and that often, but not always, means that the inside of the house is in bad shape.) OR, you may actually be looking at properties that are in pre-foreclosure, which could mean that they are not really for sale at this time. Often listings of pre-foreclosure properties are just a come-on designed to get a consumer to buy into a service that promises to deliver distressed property information. You'll want to avoid those and get a good Realtor to help you locate properties that are appropriate for your goals.