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buying a home without a title search

A relative bought a home without a title search.  Will they be held responsible for any liens against the property by the builder?
  • September 05 2011 - US
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So there was no financing, they paid cash? Are you sure it was a Title search that was waived or Title Insurance waived?
  • September 06 2011
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It might not hurt to consult with a lawyer, but if the Realtor advised the buyer to get a title search and they still decided to proceed without one then I doubt there was any neglect of duties by the Realtor.  If the Realtor did not recommend a title search then they didn't fulfill their fiduciary duty to the buyer and there may be a reason to sue the Realtor for damages.

Best of luck- this is a tough situation!
  • September 05 2011
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Yes, there was a realtor involved but the relative refused a search because they felt it unnecessary.  Could an attorney help them?
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Why did they do that?
  • September 05 2011
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Probably yes. In California all liens need to be cleared before the transfer of title, otherwise they go with the property.   I'm curious, did the purchaser use a Realtor? 
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