12-12-2008 06:38 AM
01-04-2009 09:02 AM
Late reply. I acknowledge that RealtyTrac is better than anyone else at listing foreclosures, but they do miss a lot of them. If you check the legal ad sections of your local newspapers and compare the foreclosure ads with those listed on RealtyTrac, you will find a notable discrepency. There is still only one way to make sure you know about all the sales, getting the ads yourself from the newspapers.
01-17-2009 08:20 PM
Realtytrac is $45/mo and their interface is horrible, as is their search. Any data inaccuracies are chalked up to bad reporting, with no other help offered.
I'm paying them but not happy about it.
While we're on the subject of short sales, why is it that Ziprealty can display "short sale" or "foreclosure" or "REO" on their listings, but Redfin cannot?
01-28-2009 06:43 PM
As mentioned, RealtyTrac (and maybe Foreclosures.com if they aren't the same company) are the best for auction listings, but you have to pay a fee.
Two alternatives are ForeclosureAuctionInfo.com which requires absolutely no sign-up, and USA-foreclosures which requires an email address to view details (for every county change it seems). They don't come close to the volume of info from RealtyTrac, but they do provide full addresses and auction information for free.
03-02-2009 09:17 PM
03-03-2009 04:37 AM
Good grief, I would not even try the auction angle at this point.
That being said, your bank probably has a list of properties in foreclosure as long as your arm. I know people who've just gone to their bank and asked for a list and then talked to their agent about seeing some if any of those.
One of the problems of the current situation is that there are more homes to list than can be kept up with.
I just slogged through with using listings at realtor.com and redfin.com, and then found a whole lot of additional properties in those neighborhoods where I was looking at listings I'd seen online. Which is how I came to have my agent in the first place. I called her about a property I saw that caught my eye, and we hit it off.
I wouldn't pay money to go through this process again, re: paid listings; it wouldn't be unlike paying someone to kick me.