Your suggestion about using the picture and driving by would typically be a good recommendation. Except with realtytrac pictures are chosen at random on the street, so what you see is not what you get. Based on the public records available thru mlspin, nothing on the street is showing up as reo.
Foreclosures are not necessarily the best value for your buck. As Wen suggests if you want to buy and are ready to buy, you should seekout a buyers agent to assist you. It will save you time and more importantly money.
You can search the registry of deeds for foreclosure information if you know how and have the time.
I would contact a local real estate professional to save time and money.
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