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Garcia, Other/Just Looking in Cincinnati, OH

When selling their home, is the seller responsible for paying the back taxes or tax liens?

Asked by Garcia, Cincinnati, OH Sat Mar 31, 2012

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Based on your question, I strongly suggest that you work with a local Realtor to assist you and by all means with a local Real Estate Attorney to protect yourself.
Generally speaking if you the buyer buys a home, the Seller should convey the property without leans and to pay all back taxes, but since we do not know what the particular situation of your particular property is, make sure you have two experienced professionals get you clear title and a property free of back taxes....

Good Luck to you!
Edith YourRealtor4Life! and Chicago and Northern Illinois Expert
Working always in the very BEST interest of her clients
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Hi Garcia,


Shanna Rogers
SR Realty
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In Minnesota, the seller is responsible.
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Yes. In fact, in Texas, property taxes delinquencies will result in a lien. If you don't pay your taxes you can lose your house. When you list your home for sale, and it goes under contract, the title company will order that information. You will see it on the Title Commitment Schedule C if there are ANY liens and will come out of the sale proceeds. State law. You're in OH but I'm sure the rules are similar.

Like my mom always told me, there are ONLY 2 things in life you have to do. Die and pay taxes.
Cathy Bureau
Green Home Realty
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Yes in Michigan all taxes are prorated and sellers pay the amount that was their responsibility while they owned the home.
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Let me add one thing, though. In a short sale situation, often the seller does not have the money to pay off the liens. The buyer has a choice, find a way to pay those liens or walk away. The seller then also has a choice, pay the liens or let the house go to foreclosure. Sometimes a buyer will get such a good deal on the home that they will negotiate with the lien holder to satisfy the lien, perhaps for a smaller amount, and go forward with the purchase. It doesn't happen very often with tax liens, tax liens are pretty much non-negotiable, but it does happen occasionally.
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Yes, the seller is responsible for removing all liens on the property before closing. Tax liens of all sorts come first, including IRS liens, State Income tax liens, and property tax liens. But even liens for such things as judgments on personal debt, for example those imposed by credit card companies and so on, must somehow be removed before closing. Otherwise the new owner would be assuming the debt of the old owner.
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