Not all foreclosure homes make it onto the open market. Before a bank markets foreclosure properties through a real estate agency, it attempts to sell foreclosed homes at auction. A bank may ask any price for a home, but often banks will price a foreclosed property at the amount the former homeowner owed on her defaulted mortgage. If no one at the auction bids an acceptable amount for the home, the bank will retain ownership of the property and place it on the open market.
If the original homeowner obtained a conventional mortgage on the property, the bank is responsible for repossessing and marketing the foreclosure home. If, however, the original homeowners loan was government-insured, such as an FHA or VA loan, the government department that insured the loan is responsible for marketing the property. Government foreclosures sometimes carry special incentives for buyers. For example, the Veteran’s Today Foreign Affairs Journal states that you dont have to be a veteran to qualify for vendee financing on VA foreclosures from the Department of Veterans Affairs.