All foreclosures aren't bad deals, but that being said most buyers find better deals elsewhere. Short sales are more viable than they used to be, if they meet certain criteria they have a decent chance of going through. Also bargains can be found in homes which are re-sales where the owner has moved and is paying taxes etc. and is highly motivated to sell the home. Your best bet is to get a buyer's agent, sit down with them and discuss your criteria and let them do the work. If you get the right buyer's agent it won't cost you a dime (they should recieve there whole commision from the seller) and they can find properties for you, negotiate for you and a whole host of other things which should make the process much easier and more rewarding. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Tom Brady SFR, e-PRO, SRES, GREEN, BPOR
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Notary Public, Retired N.Y.P.D. Lt.
"We treat you like family!"
Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.
255 Executive Drive - Suite 104
Plainview, New York 11803