All the best,
Have your friend send me an email with both property addresses asking to research the two properties on her behalf and I'll take a look at the current status.
And she may go to the county recorder's office and do a search on her properties.
A title company or her favorite real estate agent may be able to provide this information as well through the title companie's search engine.
These searches require a login and pass word.
Institutional mortgage lenders would not allow a mortgage to be placed on the property without the spouse's knowledge.
Private mortgage would be a different story.