What is a pre foreclosure home?
A pre-foreclosure home is a home in which the owner is in immediate danger of losing their home, possibly due to unpaid loans or mortgages, but has not lost it yet.
A pre-foreclosure property has a delinquent loan and the owner is in imminent danger of losing his home due to foreclosure. His property has been listed as delinquent and will soon be taken into the custody of the lender. Buyers may be able to obtain a pre-foreclosure for 40 percent less than the home's market value, and the deal would close quicker than would a foreclosure.
Be aware that a pre-foreclosure property is not necessarily for sale. The pre-foreclosure stage is the period between the time in which a Notice of Default (in non-judicial foreclosure) or lis pendens (in judicial foreclosure) has been issued to the homeowner and after the property is sold at a foreclosure auction.
Pre-foreclosures occur when homeowners are in arrears on their mortgage payments. The pre-foreclosure period is, in effect, a grace period warning a homeowner that foreclosure is the next step if the mortgage is not caught up. Foreclosure is the legal process by which a mortgagee, or other lien holder, usually a lender, obtains a court ordered termination of a mortgagor's equitable right of redemption.