Hardship property search

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I’ve read & heard about setting up a system to have off market houses coming in. One of the ways is to reach out to water departments & get a list of shut-offs. Unfortunately many of the towns around me do not shut off water for non-payment. Typically the water is only shut off once the house has been foreclosed on & at that point the bank has it & they tend not to negotiate sales or even call you back for that matter.

Can you suggest some other avenues for obtaining lists of stressed situations or properties that I could use in the greater Boston area?

I wrote a bit about this in the following BP blog posts a while ago:

27 ways to find off market properties offline:


55 resources for online lead generation


35 relationships that can help you find properties


You should be able to get some ideas from those and apply them to your location.

Good luck!