It may be possible to do this in a similar way in your area. if you do not use a realtor for help.
If you meant to ask about the seller's tax liens on the house that you want to buy, refer to the answers below. I was just going by what your question was.
Best of luck.
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The only time a person would buy a house with liens on them is if they are getting a great deal on it, but don't currently have the money to pay off the liens. Either they expect to have money at a later point in time, or will refinance the home after six months at which time the bank will force the liens to be paid off at closing.
While it is true that you can't get title insurance if there outstanding liens, you can and should get a title company to issue insurance with exeptions to the known liens. This way if an unknown lien appears after you purchase the property, you will be insured against it.
If you don't get this limited insurance then at some point in time you may find a foreclosure notice on your door because of a lien you never knew about.
Also, be aware that tax liens generally collect interest-sometimes at a very high rate. If they don't get paid the interest can accrue very very quickly.
Hope this was helpful.
Real Estate Agent and Professor
But if you're paying cash and not obtaining title insurance, sure, you can buy a house.