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Closing on a short sale house but it just went up for a Sheriff's Sale for not paying taxes.

Our Realtor tells us what we want to hear but never has direct answers.  We've been trying to close on this house since November 2011 and finally got the OK from the banks to start closing.  2 days ago, we see a sign on the door that says it's going up for a Sheriff's Sale in a month and a half due to unpaid property tax.  We're supposed to in a week or two.  Could this delay closing or will we be responsible for to pay the unpaid tax?  Has anyone been through this?

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May 20 2012 - Cranberry Township
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This is not a universal answer, each state can be different and as far as redemption periods. I would do some research on this yourself and call the county courthouse for this home and find out their procedures. You might be able to delay the sherrifs sale (either by getting the mortgage company to do it or filing in person for a postponement). I hate to try and get more specific because how we do it in Minnesota could be different than how it is handled there. Good luck.

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May 20 2012
Generally lack of payment of taxes creates a lean on the title . A defective title has to be clear before you can be clear to close. This means someone has to pay the taxes prior to the sale. Are you willing to pay taxes on a property you do not own?
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May 21 2012
The property will not be able to be transferred unless the tax lien is eliminated.  When the title company does the title search the lien will appear on the search.  If the lender wants to sell the propery that amount will be have to deducted from the seller's side of the sale.  You are closing prior to the Sheriff's auction, so you should be OK
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May 21 2012
If bank approved the sale and ready to close the deal you should get a HUD statement. You can see in there who is paying taxes. If you are buying with mortgage and you have a commitment letter from you bank, it's mean that there is a transferable title in place and all leans will be discharged before you dead will be recorded.
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