Question: If I buy a home at a foreclosure sale, and later determine there is another lien on the home, (other than property tax or Federal) am I obligated to pay that lien to obtain clear title?
Answer: – Yes, if the lien has seniority, you are responsible as the high bidder to pay off all liens to clear title. That’s why it’s so important to run a title report to make sure there are no liens on the property and to find out how many liens are on the property. I’ve heard of cases where individuals will bid on properties thinking they are a great deal and find out later it was the 2nd mortgage they were bidding on and they have to now payoff the first. Most lose their deposit and it goes back up for auction because they thought the opening bid was for the 1st mortgage. Hope that helps.