Understanding pre foreclosure listings is important, especially if you are trying to capitalize on a declining home sale market and what to purchase an outstanding property at a lower than market value price. Pre foreclosure listings, also known as short sale listings, are available for free on many different sites on the internet as well as through private access sites. Keep in mind that all homes on pre foreclosure listings are not for sale, some owners will be able to negotiate with lenders, refinance, or may borrow against other collateral to make up their default payments, bringing the property out of foreclosure.
Pre foreclosure listings are also known as short sales, since the buyer is selling his or her property “short” of the total cost of the mortgage. For example, a home owner with a $200,000 home that is in pre foreclosure may owe $180,000 on the mortgage, but may be willing to sell the home for $160,000 to avoid having a foreclosure on their credit record. This means that the buyer will purchase a $200,000 home for $160, 000 or less, which is well worth the effort to find pre foreclosure listings and contact the owners.