Tax lien surprise disrupts escrow

REThink Real Estate

Q: We got preapproved for a loan and started house hunting in June of this year. In August, we made an offer on a bank-owned home (REO), and the bank accepted. Three days before we were supposed to close, the mortgage broker told us that the loan was in jeopardy because we have a state tax lien on our credit reports for $6,000. The thing is, we told him about this tax lien back in June, when we gave him a copy of our payment arrangement letter from the state! We have always made the payments on our lien on time. We signed a three-week extension of escrow.