1. Get the info from bank websites, county clerks, courthouses, etc for each area you are looking at.
2. Save yourself the hours of work to do this and sign up for one of the paid sites. Yes, the information is free, but no, it's not easy to get in one place. So it's not a scam to pay for it, just a time saver as a starting point.
Once you have a general idea from doing the research on your own, then contact an agent you have a good vibe about.
Please let me know if I can be of further service.
Keller Williams Excellence Realty
I'm not exactly sure about those websites you referenced. However, most Real Estate Agents have access to foreclosed homes. I can do a search for foreclosed homes for you! Also, since the market has changed quite a bit, there are a lot of non-foreclosed homes in the same price range. You may want to check out some of those as well.
Contact me with your specifics and I would be happy to e-mail a list of homes that fit your wish list!
Rochelle Johnson, The Consumer Realtor
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Real Estate Professionals, Inc.