How do I find out if my neighbor has been foreclosed? The house is a shamble and I am afraid it may be looted.

Asked by Paul, Hyannis, MA Mon Aug 10, 2009

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Sue Como, Agent, Spencer, MA
Thu Aug 20, 2009
The easiest way is to check the Registry of Deeds you can check by owner or address. You can also check with the tax collector they may be sending the bills to the bank instead of your neighbor.
You can also look at real estate websites not all agents put signs on vacant properties.
Good Luck
Sue Como
Century21 Toomey-Lovett
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Paul Mcnamara, Agent, Fitchburg, MA
Tue Aug 11, 2009
Hi Paul,

Probably the easiest way is to contact your local Police Department using the non emergency number or the number for the officer in charge of the station, and explain your concern. Many area departments have house check systems and can provide information on the status of many properties. I would also suggest speaking with the Police as they might want to check the house to make sure none is injured inside the home.

Good luck,
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Judy Boyle, Agent, Marlborough, MA
Tue Aug 11, 2009
Hi Paul. If you want to provide me with the address (you can do this offline through my website below if you prefer) I subscribe to and can find out for you.

Good luck!
Judy Boyle
Weichert Realtors
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Kathryn Acci…, Agent, Sturbridge, MA
Tue Aug 11, 2009
Hello Paul. Try the web site for the Telegram & Gazette. Do a search on the street, and see if any entries come up under "Mortgagee's Sale of Real Estate." If it is in the foreclosure process, but not yet foreclosed upon, there would be a notice about a public auction. Let me know if this is helpful to you.
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Joshua Lioce, Agent, Milford, MA
Mon Aug 10, 2009
Try going to and doing a search for the property to see if the foreclosure deed has been recorded. This may not 100% verify as some banks have not been recording the F. deed right away. You can also check if any complaints were filed, which means that the bank/lender started the foreclosure process.

Hope that helps!! Good luck!

Joshua Lioce
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Sean Dawes, , Philadelphia, PA
Mon Aug 10, 2009
You could have a realtor pull the public records to see if it has been owned by the bank recently.

Sean Dawes
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