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:

https://www.biggerpockets.com/member-blogs/8814/71506-27-ways-to-find-off-market-and-wholesale-real-estate-deals-offline

55 resources for online lead generation

https://www.biggerpockets.com/member-blogs/8814/72016-55-resources-to-find-real-estate-deals-online

35 relationships that can help you find properties

https://www.biggerpockets.com/member-blogs/8814/72664-35-relationships-to-help-you-find-more-houses-to-flip-or-wholesale

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

Good luck!