This blog post covers the details and how you can research what makes up a tax bill for most any property (you will need the numerical address of the Summer Grove NOD property):
"Estimating Property Taxes in CA"
As a pre-foreclosure, and assuming the property is not already listed as a Short Sale, you only have the option of contacting the owner if they are interested in a Short Sale. However, if interested, the Seller would likely list the property on the MLS to maximize price in order to minimize taxable debt relief (given as it stands right now the Debt relief act is sunsets 12/31/12.)
For you own edification on the foreclosure process see:
There are three types of "foreclosures". Here's a quick summary of each type from most-to-least risk perspective:
1) Trustee Sale
Property literally sold right outside of the court house. AS-IS. Seasoned investors need only apply. Cash/Cashiers Check only!
2) Auction Company Sale
An actual auction with you bidding in a pressure environment with a much larger group than #1 has. AS-IS. Best for those who can walk a home and calculate refurbishment costs on the fly IF an investigative period has been allowed. Perhaps, you might even attend one to see â€œhow the sausage is madeâ€ and how comfortable you would be if you went this route.
3) REO foreclosure
Listed on the MLS. AS-IS. Formal inspections allowed! Guidance from a RealtorÂ®.
As far as RealtyTrac, in my opinion, why pay for what most any RealtorÂ® can provide you for FREE?
If you really want to have the most up to date information for ACTIVE Foreclosure listings team with a local RealtorÂ® who can set you up with an automated search for what you can afford.