The easy answer for you is to get a realtor to send you the listing to you. Make sure the realtor has knowledge of foreclosures, many agents do not. It is a pretty simple process and not that complicated. Find an agent that is willing to work for you. If you want a list of pre-forclosures getting ready to hit the market downtown, let me know.
you can find foreclosures many different ways, fom reading publications like the Countian which publishes foreclosure notices daily, to subscribing to online services like RealtyTrac. If you use a buyer agent, they can do that for you, as well as search county records for properties flagged for foreclosure. They can also search listed properties for "short sales" which are pre-foreclosures that can sometimes be priced very aggresively. I have 2 buyer specialists with experience with all varieties of "distressed" property sales. If you are looking at downtown lofts specifically, they can also help you with that whether or not it's in foreclosure, because there are a lot of factors to consider there. Good luck, let me know if we can help.