How do you find out more about a house up for auction due to foreclosure before you go to the auction? Also,

Asked by Krista, Bath, ME Fri Mar 6, 2009

is it possible to get inside the propoerty so you know what you are bidding on?

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Brenda Rogers, Agent, Rangeley, ME
Thu Jul 22, 2010
You've probably already found something, but yes it's always possible to go inside the house before your bidding. You can go in with a contractor or home inspector usually prior to everyone else seeing the home. Amnet realty in Auburn Maine (talk to Janet, she's great) has a huge list of foreclosures, and williams, and williams auction company does auctions nation wide and they are online. There are tons of other realators and auction companies out there but I have had good luck with both of these.

Good Luck, make sure to get home inspections, and title insurance on any property purchased this way!
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Nancy Carlet…, Agent, Bath, ME
Thu Jul 15, 2010
There are websites with this stuff posted and usually notice in the local paper. Generally, there is a preview of the property for a 2 hour period prior to the auction (within a day or 2 of the auction)
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Jeffrey Camp…, Other Pro, Pittston, ME
Fri Mar 6, 2009
sometimes it is tough... I just assisted an auction company on a auction in Bath... Floral Street... and I had a hard time communicating with these folks.

sometimes you can find out info from the auction people, sometimes you can get the information online from companies like RealtyTrac that have a pay per view type service... city hall may have some information for you... including the owner and mortgagor that you can look into further...

often there is a viewing prior to the auction and i've assisted several folks by doing a walk through informal inspection prior to them bidding on a property... just to identify some of the major items.... plumbing, heating, electrical and roofing conditions.

I wish I had some more specifics but I hope this helps some!
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