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Sorry you are dealing with this situation. First, any attempt by the brother to purchase the house because he is a related party to an owner would unlikely be considered arms length and he could find himself defending a criminal and/or civil suit for mortgage fraud.
As to the time line for foreclosure. Typically 6 to 9 months from the date the first payment is missed. Even though there are not as many foreclosures today as a couple years ago, it is not that uncommon to see a foreclosure take up to almost a year.
One thing you can do is attempt to sell the house and work out a short sale with the bank whereby they agree to take an offer that may be less than what is owed. This helps the lender keep down their foreclosed inventory and safe their costs of foreclosure. It also help delay the foreclosure is a Realtor can get some activity on the house.
All my best & encouragement.
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