Marlene Smick, Home Buyer in Seattle, WA

How can I find out if a house just listed for foreclosure still has a realtor listing?

Asked by Marlene Smick, Seattle, WA Wed Nov 4, 2009

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Bobby Taylor, , Portland, OR
Mon Dec 21, 2009
If you have the RMLS number of the listing, you can go to http://www.rmls.com and search. The RMLS will know if the property is active/pending/sold or off-market. That is the easiest way of checking without choosing a Realtor.

However, if you are truly interested in a property, it is best to find a qualified, experienced Realtor in your area to explore the property's listing history and set up a showing. There are several agents posting ahead of me you could call. And I would suggest you attach to an agent to explore all foreclosure properties, unless you are extremely adept at purchasing those properties. Out-of-area REO banks who own those properties don't do disclosure statements, so without the proper real estate advice on inspections/appraisals, etc. your Realtor would recommend, you could be taking on a potential headache without knowing. Best to get a professional working on YOUR side when searching for/buying foreclosures. Best of luck on your search. Merry Christmas! :-)
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Jewel Stockli, Agent, Sandy, OR
Thu Nov 5, 2009
Contact me I get the bank contacts and other info directly from the Title Companies.
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Marlene Smick, Home Buyer, Seattle, WA
Thu Nov 5, 2009
If I had the address, then I could look it up in the MLS myself. I have tried to look up the street and then match the specifics to an existing MLS listing. My persistence only worked for one residence. However, the foreclosures listed by Realty trac ( & I know that is not a reliable source of information) does not show the numerical address, only the street name. Previous advice given to me is that homes in foreclosure are very difficult to obtain as the lenders do not respond back(I would guess overwhelming volume and staffing cut backs). The better avenue is to work w/the realtor that actually HAD the listing as that person may have (hopefully) an open line or better line of communication. Adding more realtors just is like having too many cooks in the kitchen. I do want to say thanks for your answers, however.
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William Squi…, Agent, Algonquin, IL
Thu Nov 5, 2009
Contacting one of these professionals is your best source. Good Luck!

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<a href="http://www.foreclosureil.com/" target="_blank"> http://;www.ForeClosureIL.com</a> <br>
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<a href="http://www.ilhomebuyerrebate.com/" target="_blank"> http://;www.ILHomeBuyerRebate.com</a>
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<a href="http://www.ilhomerebate.com/" target="_blank"> http://;www.ILHomeRebate.com</a>
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<a href="http://www.WilliamSquires.com/" target="_blank"> http://;www.WilliamSquirescom</a>
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jewel Robins…, Agent, Portland, OR
Wed Nov 4, 2009
just send me the address.
jewel
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Kevin Sucher, Agent, Beaverton, OR
Wed Nov 4, 2009
Hi Marlene,

With the address I can tell you just about anything about the property. Foreclosure is a term used loosely. I do not know where you got the foreclosure information from. A true foreclosure is bank owned and anything else is pre-foreclosure all of which could be listed with a Realtor.

If it is listed with a Realtor I can find it in our MLS and it should have a sign in the yard.

Send me the address and I can help you.
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Tracey Hicks, Agent, Portland, OR
Wed Nov 4, 2009
Hi Marlene, if you have the address, I can look it up in the rmls system and if it's not listed by a broker, I can look it up in my foreclosure list.

Thanks,
Tracey Hicks
Dwell Realty
trahicks@msn.com http://www.traceyhicks.com
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Craig Loughr…, , Oregon
Wed Nov 4, 2009
Just ask. What's the address?

Craig
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