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Foreclosure—Locating homes in foreclosure

You can locate foreclosures in Google maps
First go to Google maps at: http://maps.google.com/
First you type in the zip code or name of the community that you are researching.
On the other side of the “Search Maps” box is a phrase that says “Show search options.”
Click on the “Show search options.”
Then you will get a drop down box that says “All results.”
Click on this box and choose “Real Estate.”
Then hit “Search maps.”
On the next page there will be a list of options to choose. Click in the box that says “Foreclosures.”
Now you will have a list of foreclosed homes in the zip code or community that you chose.
 
The following articles from the Pima County Public Library’s subscription database, NewsBank, discuss finding foreclosures:
“Latest real-estate fad: Hunting for foreclosure deals.” Arizona Republic. March 29, 2008. Page 1.
“Many a house in foreclosure never gets to auction on courthouse steps” Arizona Daily Star. September 24, 2006. Page D1.
“Buy homes at savings using foreclosure listing sites” Tucson Citizen. September 11, 2006. Page A2.
 
The above article lists the following fee-based web sites as offering “comprehensive foreclosure listings and information”:
http://www.foreclosurenet.net/ 
http://defaultresearch.com/ 
http://www.realtytrac.com/ 
 
HUD has a web page of Frequently Asked Questions related to foreclosures at http://www.hudhouses.com/questions.html 
 
You can search for HUD foreclosures at http://www.hudhouses.com/ 
 
The http://homesales.gov web site “provides current information about single family homes for sale by the U.S. Federal Government. These previously owned homes are for sale by public auction or other method depending on the property.” You can search by State through this web site.
 
Foreclosures are required to be posted in a local newspaper with the date of the sale. Often these are posted in the Daily Territorial. 
 
Foreclosures are recorded at the Pima County Recorder’s Office. Address and hours of the Pima County Recorder’s Office is at http://www.recorder.pima.gov/
 
You can do a public records search at the Pima County Recorder’s website at http://www.recorder.pima.gov/pub_research.aspx
 
Listings of trustee sales also appear in The Daily Territorial. Branches vary as to how far back they keep issues of that publication, the most being 3 months. Check our Pima County Public Library catalog http://librarycatalog.pima.gov/ for more information about Pima County Public Library holdings for that title.
 
In some cases a local title company may be willing to provide information about properties in foreclosure. They may charge a fee for this service.
 
In addition: see information about buying foreclosures by David Kinas, President of Deed & Note Traders, LLC on Tucson.com at http://www.tucson.com/story/homes/ask_expert/newhomes/ask_expert_01.html
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Last Update: 12-18-2010 8:30am

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