I would recommend you find a Realtor familiar with these types of properties. There is also a SFR Designation (Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certified) through the National Association of Realtors for agents that have had additional training. In the Cedar Rapids area, our MLS (Multiple Listing Service) will also you to have searches set up that can email you only short sale or foreclosure properties. Since you are in this area, please feel free to contact me directly if you have any additional questions. Thanks!