Hiring a professional to work with you is your best bet if looking for distressed properties. There are a lot of real auction sites out there with NO cost to use. Any forclosure that was government backed is on special sites that do require a licensed agent to put in a bid for a client, but you can look it over and search with no cost.
I would be more then willing to speak with you about your needs. Please feel free to e-mail or call me for more information.
831 Bald Hill Road
Warwick RI 02886
Office: 401-739-9500 x 2626