As the others here note, he wasn't left the house using a living will.
Your boyfriend needs a lawyer (for this question as well as his other issues!). I'm not a lawyer, so this isn't legal advice. However, in general . . .
If your boyfriend was left a property in someone's will, then there should be an executor of the will. Someone to make sure that the will is carried out. There are all sorts of legal duties and fiduciary responsibilities involved with that. So, the executor can't just decide to ignore the terms of the will. The executor is supposed to abide by the terms of the will and if that means transferring ownership to your boyfriend, that's what is supposed to happen. The executor would have the legal ability to sell it to someone else, but--again--would be facing all sorts of legal troubles if he/she did so.
If the property had been in a living trust, there are procedures to bring the house out of the trust. The trust would have a trustee, who would have that power. Again, though, the trustee must abide by the terms of the trust.
You can tell if a house was sold by going to your county courthouse and look at the records. Initially, you can research it online. Here's a link (I think it'll work) to the Orange County property records look-up service: https://tax.orangecountyva.gov/applications/txapps/index.htm If that doesn't work, go here: http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/VA_Orange.htm and select "Property Search." These online records may be slightly out of date, though, so you'll get the most current information by going to the courthouse.