Thank you for the reply Rapture. They did receive the contract for placing their bid after I posted this on CD and, just as you said, there was a section that did state that they would not be responsible for anything (POAs, insurance monies etc.) that were incurred prior to their settlement.
As for the Realtor, I don't want to give the impression she is not doing her best to communicate clearly everything that is involved to my parents. Up until they decided to place a bid, I was the one speaking with her and asking her the question (my parents are in their 70's and living 500 miles away). Now that they have moved along in the process I can no longer do that, which quite frankly is a little nerve racking for me and my brother because we don't want them to miss something, or misunderstand something, that will be a costly error. I know foreclosures can get tricky sometimes.
It turns out that they may just throw in the towel if their original offer is not excepted. Like I said they are in their 70's and the frustration factor may end up being more than they are willing to go through. Today they found out Bank of America owns the property. They (BOA) said the pre-approval they submitted would not be sufficient and they would need to get pre-approval from Bank of America.
They called up a local loan officer with BOA who told them that Bank of America does not finance condotels so he could not give them pre-approval. So unless Bank of America figures out that 1 + 1 = 2
they won't be selling their property unless they find a cash buyer.
As always, thank you for your help Rapture! Unfortunately, CD won't let me Rep you.