Well out of those three options, I'd say a bank would be your best bet. A lot of the time some banks are almost exclusively meant for home equity loans. It would be worth checking out a bank, and I'm sure you'll find lower rates there. I'm hoping to buy a home for the first time sometime soon, so I'm right there with you. https://norwoodbank.com/mortgages/home-equity-loan-options/... more
Sannie, If you mean like a Tax sale then you might want to check here .
This might come in handy... http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/
If you wondering about the REO/Gov. Foreclosures then they have databases they provide to the public for free. Like these... http://hud1.towerauction.net/CA.htm ... http://www.pasreo.com/pasreo/public/propertySearch.do
You can find the links to the Databases here and as you can see they will provide you with the purchase/bid information.... http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/wiki/REO_Database_List.asp