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foreclosed church property

are the owners of a forclosed property required to pay the back taxes before selling, and are they obligated to disclosed if there is a tax lien on the property?
  • November 20 2013 - Winston-Salem
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It really does not matter whether they disclose it (which helps) or not.  Properties can only exchange hands when the title is clear, so when the title company does the title search it will show that there is a lien and it will have to be paid prior to closing. 
  • November 20 2013
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Good afternoon, CRCousins:
Depending on the tax exempt status of the owners, they may or may not owe taxes.  A title search and review of records is required to determine the amount. Generally, residential property owners are required to disclose about property conditions, but commercial, institutional, office and other property owners are not. Realtors have an obligation to disclose material facts.  If back taxes are due, generally, the Seller pays them out of the proceeds of the sale at settlement.  Talk to an attorney about the specifics of this one.
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I would assume prior to being foreclosed on, they had the house on the market, at that time they would have filled out a disclosure form, on it they should have filled out whether they did owe back taxes. You can also check county records and always use an attorney to close so they can search the title.
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When a property is foreclosed, they typically still have to pay the taxes on it before they can sell it.
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