John's probably right. WAMU (now Chase) would rather foreclose and collect on the insurance claim, in addition to having a write-off on their balance sheets which reduces taxes they pay to Uncle Sam. Many banks will also sell the property multiple times to different wholesalers. They collect a fee each time it's sold, and simply record several Deeds with the county so you never know who actually has the right to sell the house.
I've been Clear To Close on HUD REO's before, only to have the loan die because the seller couldn't get a clear title. The seller never had the legal right to list the house for sale because they weren't the owner of record.
It's all a huge money making scam. You think the big banks are making billions in profit simply by checking account overdraft fees??
You may have to pay for the information at many sites and it may not be as detailed as you want when you get it.
I can search for you if you want. The Realtor MLS is an easy tool to use, if you are in contact with a Realtor that knows how to use it to your advantage. Some of the best deals are not even on foreclosures right now, so you may not want to limit your search that way......
I am in West Chicago a couple times a week and know it well.
Let me know if I can help you....... more