Today's Globe carried a couple of stories about local foreclosures. They concentrate on areas outside of Boston, Essex County, Northern Middlessex etc. There is also an article about the Middlesex North Register of Deeds Richard P. Howe Jr. (Search Boston.com for Richard Howe) and his views on the market. All of these articles give insight into what's happening.
They are all worth a look-see (IMHO). If you are interested in copies I might be able to help.