The asset manager who is trying to unload the property will get paid the same whether or not you get a mortgage from their bank or from someone else.
But yes, as the others have said - this would all be public record. Just call the town assessor's office, or the country registry of deeds. They should be able to tell you over the phone.
Maybe there is more going on here than meets the eye. Are you sure this is a banked owned property and that it is not just going through the foreclosure process?
Keller Williams, Cherry Hill New Jersey