Is there another way to get info on foreclosed homes without having to pay web access fees?

Asked by James Ondrejcak, Hinckley, OH Tue Dec 16, 2008

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Joanne LaFle…, Agent, Fort Meyers, FL
Mon Jun 8, 2009
The other realtors are correct. You should not have to pay to find foreclosed homes. Your local realtor can get you this information for free.

Joanne LaFleur-Realtor
Gulf Coast Realty Network, Inc
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Tim Tilbury, Agent, Seattle, WA
Thu Jan 29, 2009
Hello All

We know what to expect with Free information. Sure there are some addresses that you can research, but keep in mind... this is a business. The Free information will most likely not be the most current and could lead to quite a bit of disappointment when 'sleuthing' on your own. If you want the updated info, buck up for the subscription- even for a month. You will see the difference.

If you don't want to spend the money, I would suggest working with a Realtor who specializes in distressed properties. Keep in mind, not every Realtor or agent is really "plugged in" to the pulse of distressed homes. It is up to you to make calls and ask questions, even if it means not working with the first person you speak with. Personally, I meet everyone I work with face to face. Quite a bit of time can be saved by finding out if you are compatible. Building rapport, trust and offering value for service is vital... especially with a transaction such as a home purchase.
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Tom Teece, , Lehigh Acres, FL
Wed Dec 17, 2008
Hi James,

For foreclosures, the only free site I've found that actually gives the full street address and filing date is from a company based in Seattle, WA. Its called They have free and premium memberships available. They don't cover all areas. See the map on their homepage. I signed up for their free membership, and I like it. One more free tool in the old toolbelt.

Best regards, Tom
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Skip Stamper, Agent, Ormond Beach, FL
Wed Dec 17, 2008
If for some reason, you are looking for additional info on foreclosure properties, they will initially be advertised in the newspaper and online as part of the formal foreclosure proceedings. The newspaper will list them in the paid legal advertisements (usually very fine print) in obscure places in the local newspaper. Some areas may even have a legal newspaper that Attorneys subscribe to. If you search for your local clerk of the court, the foreclosure information is public record and should be recorded there as well. Finally, the county property appraiser will also have the legal description, owners name, amount paid from the most recent purchase and the property address. The county courthouse also has a list of the properties and the dates that they will be auctioned "on the courthouse steps" .
Best of luck
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Voices Member, , Benton County, OR
Tue Dec 16, 2008
James, Here is a link to answers given to the same question....…

Added to the answers here it should help get you some leads..

Good luck, Dunes
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LLoyd Nichols, Agent, Fort Myers, FL
Tue Dec 16, 2008
James: I can let you know what is available on the MLS as far as foreclosures on Fort Myers Beach.As I live on the island I can tell you first hand the quality of these foreclosures.
I would be glad to find you the right deal onnthe island. Don't forget that besides foreclosures there are also properties which are conventional listings ( not foreclosures and short sales) and have also very attractive
asking prices. Either way gave me a call or e-mail me at and lets find that deal. Its an exciting time for buyers. I can also set you up with a private account with access to the MLS in Fort Myers Beach and SW FL in general. There is nothing like living on the island.
Happy Hunting!

LLoyd Nichols
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Sylvia Barry,…, Agent, Marin, CA
Tue Dec 16, 2008
check with your Realtor. You will be able to get all kinds of important real estate information.

Good luck!
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Marc Comisar, Agent, Bonita Springs, FL
Tue Dec 16, 2008
Ditto to the previous post. I can provide you with all the foreclosure information you need for Fort Myers Beach. I was out there today showing condos actually....

email me your information and I can take care of helping you find what you are looking for.
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Bonnie Tegge, , Virginia Beach, VA
Tue Dec 16, 2008
Find a good real estate professional! They can search their local MLS for the properties and "weed out" the ones you wouldn't be interested in. Look for one with experience in the foreclosure market, let them know what you are looking for and ask them to set up a search based on those needs.
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