... I've just about had it. Hubby and I want to purchase acreage/property in Maine. We're pretty nice people, and know full well that there are TONS of folks out there who are to the wall financially and are losing thier farms, etc. Since we're going to purchase, we want to be an 'angel' for someone and help them out of a bad situation. A pre-foreclosure or foreclosure or anything like that. We're even willing to let the current owners stay on their land, or live in their house, etc. in exchange for large amount of cash down and payments to them over time. Heck, we could build our own house on another corner of a 50 acre lot and let the family stay in their own family home 'til they pass on even. Point is, we're wanting to help people. And no, we're not scammers or developers or whatever. So... Why is it that all the websites I can find that supposedly list foreclosure and similar real estate... CHARGE you $$ to view the lists? Oh, first they say their free... but then if you want any details, you have to sign up for a monthly charge/give em your credit card and all that. SCAM!!!! We're looking to find some acreage in Northern Maine - like Aroostook County, like Littleton, Linneus, Hodgdon, Mars Hill, etc. There's a ton of property listed - but no way to tell if the sellers need a hand or what. I have been calling all over the STATE for THREE weeks now, and like nobody can tell me anything! I even went so far as to research which BANKS were in those regions and called THEM up! One of them actually was nice, took my name/# and gave me one lead. The other bank, now get this.... you ready? .... better sit down.... the other bank directed me to a WEBSITE (their own foreclosure site) where IT CHARGES YOU A MONTHLY FEE JUST TO LOOK! <steaming> What is WRONG with this picture!!!!!???? I thought that banks were begging to get those properties off their hands. I thought that sellers in financial straights would really want some help... that would be such a win-win situation! Why the heck should we be charged just for LOOKING to help someone out and doing the bank a favor????? Pretty sad. Looks like the only folks we'll be able to help out are the realtors in Aroostook County, Maine. Nothing against realtors, but heck, I'd like rather help out a struggling dairy farmer or a retired hay farmer or something. Anybody else out there having this issue? Or am I the only dingbat trying to do something like this? Does anyone know of any truly FREE websites? Or other places to check???? Okay... rant over... for now.