HUD foreclosure listings can seem confusing to those not in the real estate business. In order to fully understand HUD foreclosures you must understand how the process of becoming a HUD foreclosure happens. HUD is the Department of Housing and Urban Development, included in this department is the FHA (Federal Housing Administration).
The FHA provides federal mortgage insurance to lenders. When a home purchased with a loan insured by the FHA is foreclosed on the lender can file a claim to have the balance of the mortgage paid by the FHA, the foreclosed property then becomes owned by HUD and is therefore a HUD foreclosed home and added to HUD foreclosure listings.