DEAR BOB: We are buying an out-of-state house. The closing is scheduled for about two weeks from now. It is a "for sale by owner," and the sellers aren't too knowledgeable about the sales process. We just received a document from the title company listing the recorded liens against the sellers. The list includes a lien from the state's Bureau of Child Support for more than $12,000 and deferred property taxes for about $2,000. None of these liens were previously disclosed to us. If the sellers are unable to pay these liens at or before the closing, what are our options? We don't want to be homeless when we arrive in our new city if something goes wrong with the closing. --Rebecca L. DEAR REBECCA: If the sellers will be receiving sufficient cash from the sale to pay off the child ...
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