Buying pre-foreclosure with auction scheduled as Subject-to

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According to Zillow the auction is scheduled feb 4th.  Is it still possible to contact the owners with a possible offer to take over mortgage payments and stop auction/foreclosure process?   And if so... what questions do I need answered and what are my next steps? Thanks in advance!

@Lisa Keutman  I wouldn't trust Zillow as an up to date source for anything. Also Feb 4 is a Saturday and I don't think foreclosure sales would be outside of week day business hours but NC may be different.

It is possible that the owners have already sold the house but you won't know until you contact them. At this late date you can still buy the house but you have to act FAST. You have to get the house under contract, get into escrow, contact the bank and pay off the arrears. Then make sure the bank has time to stop the foreclosure sale on the courthouse steps. 

Yes you can take over the mortgage "subject to" but that will take a knowledgable conversation about what you are asking of the homeowner. Also, make sure you know your state and federal laws on how to deal with homeowners in foreclosure if North Carolina has any.

I agree 100% with what @Guy Olds has said in regards to trusting Zillow. It doesn't get updated as frequently as you need it for pre-foreclosure sales (in my opinion). You'll most likely need to pay for an online service or use your county website if the info is available there.

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