Foreclosure Center

Welcome to RealtyTrac’s Foreclosure Center. Here you will find everything you need to know about finding, evaluating and buying foreclosure properties including state foreclosure laws, local and national trends and informative articles.

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Foreclosure Overview

Foreclosure Overview

Become familiar with the basics of the foreclosure process.

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Foreclosure Laws by State

Foreclosure Laws by State

Explore the laws that govern how the foreclosure process works and discover the different timelines and rules in your state.

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Foreclosure Trends

Foreclosure Trends

Discover the latest foreclosure trends and learn how to capitalize on the newest local, regional and national developments.

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Foreclosure Trends

Learn about VA Foreclosures

Learn about veteran affairs foreclosures.

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Foreclosure Trends

Avoid or Stop Foreclosure

You may have many options to stop or avoid the foreclosure process NOW. The key is taking action quickly.

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Real Estate Articles

Foreclosure Articles

Browse a wealth of information. Our library contains helpful foreclosure-related articles.

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How to Buy Foreclosures

How to Buy Foreclosures

Before you buy, click through this helpful online demo for using RealtyTrac to locate and evaluate foreclosures and submit offers.

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Foreclosure Software

Foreclosure Software

Learn how to use Shark Bait, the No. 1 foreclosure buyer’s software. Shark Bait helps you snag the best buys.

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Foreclosure Software

Buying Bank-Owned REO Properties

Learn about buying lender-owned homes directly or at auction. We’ve put together a thorough REO checklist for easy reference.

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HUD Foreclosures

Learn about HUD Foreclosures

Learn about HUD foreclosures.

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Buying foreclosure properties presents a huge investment opportunity for agents, home buyers and real estate investors seeking pre-foreclosures, foreclosure auctions and bank-owned properties. The time has never been better for first-time home buyers, real estate investors and others to get involved in the distressed property market.

Foreclosures are a nationwide phenomenon — and they are on the rise. The challenge is knowing how to find them, and that’s where RealtyTrac comes in! Go ahead, do a quick search for foreclosures in your area. For example, check out Santa Barbara foreclosures to get an idea of what's hot.

At RealtyTrac, we can arm you with the knowledge and assistance you need to develop a system for locating and buying foreclosure properties in any stage of the foreclosure process. Our website has information on foreclosure laws, for sale by owner (FSBO) properties, foreclosure listings, bank foreclosures, REO foreclosures and even information about how to stop foreclosures as well as U.S. resale properties. Moreover, we can even help you with government foreclosures, including HUD home foreclosures, VA foreclosures, commercial foreclosures, and other federal and state government agencies.


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