A professional Realtor can really help you with your purchase effort. There are certain situations where contacting a "distressed" owner makes sense after a Notice of Default, but not always. Furthermore, since the Seller pays the commission to the Buyer's Agent there really is no reason not to get professional guidance when purchasing a home, whether distressed or not.
If you are truly interested in buying this or another property ask your Realtor to set up a targeted and specific automated MLS search agent for you. This way, when any property that meets your search criteria comes active on the MLS both you and your agent will automatically be notified. You will also be able to see price changes as the Listing Agent makes them.
There are currently 2 homes on the market in Avalon Heights with the exact square footage shown for this home, however, they are both priced substantially higher.
Currently there are 3 properties listed at Avalon Heights and one is exactly the same measurement and number of rooms, most probably you are looking at this one. Please let me know if you want send these address to you. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you those listing information. I hope you are not working with any realtor, if not then I can help you to show some similar properties also.
Certified Short Sale Specialist
Prudential California Realty