You can log on to my web page ( http://www.homesbyallyson.com ) and put in an REO search and it is free, you also can put in a short sale or regular sale search. If you are not sure of areas and would like some help just email me with your needs and wants and price range and I can set it up for you.
At your service,
Certified Distressed Property Expert
However, if what you're looking for truly is a good price in a good area, you might just want to select a price range and look for homes that way. Foreclosures are not the only way to find a good price/good opportunity. There is a house in North San Jose now where the son inherited it, the mom lived there forever, it's about $200K below market price and a great opportunity.
Not to say that agents are the only people with access to information! But if you do an automated listing for homes in a zip code, you'll get all the homes including the foreclosure. Occasionally, opportunities show up where the seller wants to be DONE and sometimes they happen in foreclosed homes, but you can find a great opportunity in lot of different ways. You can also occasionally happen upon great short sale opportunities and these will typically run about 10 percent under appraised value (not always).
Erica Glessing Nelson
Editor & Co-Publisher "Sell Your House Fast for a great Price," (book slated for 2012 release)
If you want to find REO's but dont want to sign up for it, call me and I can put you on a Listing Alert. All I will need is your search criteria. The listing alert will be based on your search criteria. With a listing alert you can be the first to view all REO's that come into the market.
My number - 408-316-0793 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can help you purchase an REO.
MLS Listings is the official site for all home sales in the South Bay Area. The is the site all Realtors in this area use to list and find homes for sale. We have to sign up to use this site. This is site is current with it's information. Suggest you use this site, but you will have to sign in.
You can also use my site for FREE. You will also have to sign in. However my site goes further to give you market analysis, neighborhood information such as demographics / type of stores & restaurants in the area / churches / etc, school information; and, you can even compare the zip code you are looking at to the zip code you are currently residing in.
If you wish to try my site, go to - http://www.buyorsellhomesinthebayareaca.com
Banks don't have time to market a home. They use real estate agents and listed on the MLS. You may not see that as this is often noted in the private agent comments. Email me, I have additional information for you.