At first I was trying to find them through realtors but I could not find one that found any good deals. They were all top dollar. So eventually I made contact with another investor who is at the stage of his career where he just got rid of his rentals ( I just met him after he unloaded a bunch of properties all in one package. I would have been set if I could have worked a deal with him on those but too late) Anyway he just wants to wholesale properties now, just flip contracts over for a small fee and he finds me great deals. Very trustworthy.
If you are a realtor, I would think that you can find some decent deals on the MLS. Some folks use the classifieds with something to the effect of "wanted: fixer duplexes" or whatever. Out in CA, people post signs that say "I pay cash for houses, duplexes" ...ect. Even though you are a realtor, It may be worth the money to pay an investment agent a comission, or list yourself as an invesment specialist in the classifieds, my agent always has deals that are not on the MLS. Out here, sellers are desperate; 15% seller carrybacks @5% due and payables in 5 years lets buyers get properties with 5% down on NOOs.
Also true it depends on the market you are in. If you are a realtor you definitely have an advantage in finding homes especially if you get forclosures listed with you. My investor friend has banks call him when they have a property to get rid of.