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.