If you are concerned with the fact that yes, in many price ranges their is a higher ratio of bank owned and short sales in comparison to standard sales, don't be. The oncoming of these "distressed"properties only suggests that it will effect the sales price of the standard sales over time. However, the specific areas of RB and Scripps have faired out very well in comaprison to other areas in our county. If you are looking to purchase in Scripps or RB the key factors are; 1)have you been approved and if so what amount, 2)your timeline for purchasing...meaning is a lease running out or is their a set time in your mind that you need to move into your own home by? 3)It is great to get out their and do your own search. But, I would also advise you to begin building a relationship with a relator who can help you hone down what it is exactly what you are looking for and making sure you are making a wise investment.