I imagine the reason you're citing RealtyTrac is that you want good information on pre-foreclosures that is all in one place, searchable by a variety of parameters, and linked to market trends to help with decision making. If you're diligent, you can utilize this information, along with the services of a good agent, and maybe save $50,000 - $100,000 or more. "Going around" RealtyTrac is a strategy that will save you maybe $300 over a course of a year and throw you into the marketplace with everyone else who has incomplete information on these kind of properties. So you need to ask yourself, Aimee, am I a real buyer? Or, do you just enjoy the attention and chatter a question like this creates on Trulia.