is there a way that i can see foreclosed homes without paying a fee? i have address of the property but, i don't see them on the website i go to

Asked by Jennifer Reusch, Brunswick, OH Mon Sep 6, 2010

i go to and see homes for sale and the foreclosed homes are not on that site

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Tue Feb 5, 2013
Hi Jennifer! I'm not sure you're still looking. Daryl gave excellent advice so I gave him a thumbs up. Fannie Mae's website is Freddie Mac's site is sometimes these homes won't appear on any site until after they've been listed on their own. Further and you can search for homes. you click on "foreclosures" at the top of the page to do the search. Zillow, you can sign up for a free account and you can do any search and they will identify those that were foreclosed. The best one in my opinion is homepath. They actually offer special terms for foreclosed homes in that you can put little down, have no mortgage insurance, no appraisal nor inspection(s) are required. Otherwise unless you have cash to fix these homes up I can also suggest an FHA 203k loan to use the financing to both purchase and to fix/repair the home in one loan. I hope you find this post helpful. Regards, Kimberly Lawson Mortgage Loan Originator T/F: 888-659-3848 NMLS:5601 OH.LO.004495.000 First Priority Financial Inc "Where Open Minds Close More Home Loans" 748 N. Court Street, Suite 201 Medina, OH 44256 NMLS:3257 Licensed by Ohio Division of Financial Institutions, MB.850147.001
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Lucien Solut…, Other Pro, Brunswick, OH
Sat Aug 25, 2012
If you wanting to browse what's available before actually engaging a person who's job is to sell you something, go to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and HuD websites. They all post on a daily basis homes that are entering the market as forclosed properties that have reverted to REO and are ready for sale. They don't charge anything. They will also let you sign up for a daily email that can be specific to zip code or county. I'm an investor and I do have an agent that I work with, but not until I've done my homework and reviewed about an interesting property as much as I can before anyone wastes their time.
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Siobhan Nick…, , North Royalton, OH
Mon Sep 6, 2010
Hi Jennifer,
I am a local REALTOR and I know of a handful of forclosure properties in the Brunswick area, I actually have clients currently looking in Brunswick/Hinckley area, so have been in a few. I would love to assist you as I have am able to see homes that are actually forclosed as opposed the those websites that charge you a fee for homes that are simply pre-forclosure. Please feel free to give me a call at 440.971.5648 or email me at
I hope to hear from you soon!

Warm Regards,
Siobhan Nickerson
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Mon Sep 6, 2010
You certainly can..our recommendation is to contact an area real estate professional for the most up to date and accurate information.

The information on various websites can be dated and therefore not current. Contact an agent.

Good luck,

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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Mon Sep 6, 2010
There's no reason you should pay a fee.

No Realtor is going to charge you a fee to show you foreclosed homes.

I assume you're referring to RealtyTrac and their ads here on Trulia. Jennifer: Please pay close attention. Those are not listings. Those are advertisements to try to get you to subscribe to RealtyTrac's services. Many of those homes are not for sale--which is why you didn't see them on

If you want to find foreclosures, contact a Realtor in your area. Any Realtor will be able to produce a list of foreclosures that are on the market. And a Realtor will be glad to show you those properties without charging you a fee.

Hope that helps.
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Robert Erney, Agent, Cleveland, OH
Tue Mar 12, 2013
It's really simple actually getting the list of the properties, its the process of finding a good one and making a move on it! The good ones go fast and new deals almost daily. If you want foreclosures, hud homes, bank owned, Fannie Mae deals you need to work with a guy like me!
Get all the professionally hand picked deals emailed daily!

Or you can just email me with what your criteria!
Call or text if you would like! :-)
Office (440)572-1195
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Alison Giral…, Agent, Medina, OH
Sun Dec 9, 2012
You can find the foreclosures on the county auditor's website by pulling the sheriff's sale reports. Buying a property at these auctions is extremely risky at best. Most homes are in extreme disrepair and it is very difficult if not impossible to get financing. There are many other things to consider such as presence of septic systems and septic regulations/ sewer maintenance, unpaid tax dues, zoning regulations and the quality of the structures. Although the "sticker price" of a foreclosed property seems appealing, the hidden costs can be extensive. An agent can help you find REO homes and preforeclosures where financing is possible and help you uncover all costs affiliated with the purchase of any property.
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Pkonkoly, Home Buyer, Brunswick, OH
Fri Dec 7, 2012
Robert Erney is as much a scam as RealtyTrac! Notice all the "ads" he has listed. I gave him my e-mail so I could see the list of homes but still did not get the home's listing! I hate realtors like that!
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Robert Erney, Agent, Cleveland, OH
Tue Sep 25, 2012 here is a free link i put together to receive every foreclosure that comes available so save the link and keep searching! Contact me if you want more info about a property and i will be happy to help anyone find as much info as possible!! 630-809-7224
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Janet Gommel…, Agent, Medina, OH
Fri Feb 3, 2012
Hi Jen,

If you look at the auditors web site under sheriff sales you can see if it is up for foreclosure or not for this month or has already gone through the process in the past. Many of these "foreclosure" websites sell dated information. Our auditor has a tab for property information and you can see if it has recently transfered. For instance a home that was foreclosed on and sold the pervious year down the street from one of my listings. People were still asking me to show it too since they saw it on one of those sites. They are not well monitored nor updated in a reasonable amount of time. Be careful. I can run histories for you on a specific address if you would like and see exactly where this home might be in the process. I hope you are doing well and look forward to helping you in the future.

Janet Gommel
Howard Hanna
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David Wadswo…, Agent, Strongsville, OH
Fri Sep 17, 2010
Hi Jennifer! I am glad to help you! All you have to do is call or email me for property details anytime!
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Lisa Cannata, Agent, Osterville, MA
Tue Sep 7, 2010
Not sure about where you live, but all our forelcosures are listed with MA Realtors. Find a good Realtor to work with who will advise you when the forclosures come on the market and take you out to view them. There are no fees involved here. Good luck!!
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Janet Gommel…, Agent, Medina, OH
Tue Sep 7, 2010
I agree with all of the wonderful advise you have received. At any point in time, any one of us local REALTORS would be more than happy to assist you. We have the ability to search "distressed" homes that the owners are trying to sell prior to a foreclosure, or homes that have already been through the process and are now available through the MLS or some of the banking sites not yet up with a real estate professional. This is the most up to date information you can find. Some of these pay as you go sites are month or years out of date.
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Ruth and Per…, Agent, Los Gatos, CA
Mon Sep 6, 2010
Hi Jennifer

Go with some fine Realtors ho have already answered your question.
The address you have is either an expired list or one upcoming a few months out.

Not worth your time, work with a knowledgeable Realtor.

Good luck.
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Doris & Mich…, Agent, Highland Hts, OH
Mon Sep 6, 2010
Anyone charging you for a foreclosure list is scamming you. Work with a Realtor. We are able to find legitimate foreclosed homes currently available, and email them to you daily.

Once we purchased a foreclosure home, renovated it , and sold it, and had someone come to the door asking about it because it was on the foreclosure list he just bought.

Call or email me and I will be happy to help you.
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Linda Reming…, Agent, Lodi, OH
Mon Sep 6, 2010
As you have already been informed the "foreclosures" you see are advertisements to get you to subscribe to their site. Many of these homes aren't yet on the market and are actually still in the foreclosure process. Medina County Auditor has a lot of public information online about every property in the far as taxes, etc. Your best bet is to contact a local Realtor. They can work with you to find a home or gather further information as well as give you access to a client portal where active listing information is updated much sooner than the online sites you are able to access.
NONE of these services cost a fee. Build a rapport with a local Realtor, stay loyal and communicate often and in the long run you will find the process much less stressful and most likely will save you time and money.
Good luck with your search!
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Scott Miller, Agent, Boca Raton, FL
Mon Sep 6, 2010
Jennifer. There's the best advice for you below. Both agents are telling you just like it is! Find an agent and look at foreclosures....don't waste your hard earned money on these 'foreclosure' sites. Worthless, if you ask me.

Thumbs Up to both answers below.

Scott Miller, Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL
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Desari Jabbar, Agent, Stone Mountain, GA
Mon Sep 6, 2010
I don't know of any realtor who would charge to show a home. If they do, run. As others have mentioned, find a realtor (preferably through trulia) in Brunswick who can assist you.

Best of luck to you!
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