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In nonjudicial foreclosure states, there is no trial. Lenders simply issue a notice of intent to foreclose, alerting the borrower that the foreclosure process has begun. They will also need to advertise the sale, usually in a newspaper, for at least a few weeks before the scheduled sale date. The property’s actual selling is done via auction, and usually by the local sheriff’s department. In many cases, banks and lenders are forced to purchase the properties back due to a lack of buyer interest. These are then dubbed bank-owned properties or real estate-owned properties (REOs), and the lender then makes efforts to sell those directly to a buyer. Many banks and larger financial institutions list their REO properties somewhere on their website.

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