Hello D and thanks for your question.
Most Realtors have access through their brokerage firms, which pay fees for the services, to obtain a current list of foreclosure and preforeclosure homes in your area. Talk with your real estate professional for assistance. Otherwise, the only other way to get this information is to go to the County Recorder's office to research the list of preforeclosure and foreclosure properties as they are recorded and made a part of the public record.
If you wish to subscribe to any of the available services, Dataquick, RealtyTrac and Foreclosure Radar, the fees are moderate, but the information can sometimes be inaccurate, so it still requires some checking through a government office to confirm the status of the foreclosure.
Good luck and happy house hunting!!
Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
Area Pro Realty
San Jose, CA