How to Find Pre Foreclosures

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    • 1). Call a local realty company and ask if it has a pre-foreclosure list. Many realty companies offer free listings of pre-foreclosures in their areas.

    • 2). Log on to or other home-search websites. Input your search parameters, such as how much money you’re willing to spend on a house, how many bedrooms you need, and whether you want a home with a pool. Go down the list of results, looking for any that says “pre-foreclosure” or “short sale.” Homes that have been on the site for a long time and reduced multiple times are also likely to be pre-foreclosures.

    • 3). Visit or a similar website. Such websites list homes in pre-foreclosure in a given area. While they typically have fewer pictures of listed homes and less information, you can find out more about a home you like by calling the agent on the listing. Many such sites, including, require that you get a monthly subscription.

    • 4). Contact your county to get a list of homes that have lis pendens, which are notices showing that a legal action has been filed because the homeowners have fallen behind on their mortgage payments. These homes are at the beginning stages of the foreclosure process.

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