Carole Hare: The property in question was listed as a short sale for a total of 341 days starting at $189,900 and ending at $169,900. It expired 12/31/2008. Perhaps you know all this. Since it did not sell during the listing, it may be in the process of foreclosure or it may have gone under contract and the agent has not updated the record to reflect that. You just can't tell.
If it is the toils of foreclosure, the mortgage company cannot sell it for they don't own it----yet. After it goes through the process, the mortgage company may attempt to sell it through a Realtor or they may be open to offers or they may package it out to a mortgage service company.
You can find out who the company is by going to the county court house and looking up the Deed records or the lis pendens records, which is the filing record for court actions in default of payment.
It may take a while for all the process to work its way through.
I suggest you work with a Realtor to find properties that are more available now. I do cover the area.