Here is a resource to view all the Cape Coral active foreclosure listings: http://www.greaterftmyers.com/cape-coral-foreclosures.php
Good luck with you search!
The only way you will find out what the final purchase price was on the duplexes you made offers on, will be after they close...Check Leepa.org, put in the addresses and you will find the purchase prices, OR ask an agent to pull them up on the MLS and the sold price will be listed...As for rule of thumb on offers, there really isn't one..I tell my buyers that if this is THE home they want, give their highest offer that they will be happy with. It needs to be an amount that if they get the home, they will be happy with what they got it for or if they don't get the home, they won't have regrets that they tried to save a little and lost a lot! And if a winning bid falls through, every transaction is different regarding contacting previous bidders...some companies will, some will just put it back active.
Good luck on your search and offer the most you are comfortable with! If you need my help, just give me a call,
Terri Piggott, ABR
Re/Max Realty Team