Title company can tell you if there is unpaid taxes or lien on any property. Another way to find out is to contact the county assessor office. In my area Orange Co. you can get tax information by going to the county's tax assessor website and enter the address. You can find out if taxes are not paid. Try finding the county tax assessor website for your county. Some agents link the county's website to theirs. I did that on mine because questions on taxes are the most frequenty asked.
I would check the title report and seller disclosures to start with. Those should give you a great idea. If it is a condo you can also look into the HOA records and talk with the property management. Good luck to you!
Keller Williams Realty
Even on a short sale the seller should disclose it. Request a copy of the title report if you have an offer on the property and also ask your agent to ask the seller.
The Carrabba Group
Keller Williams Hollywood Hills
One thing to remember is that assessments on a short sale change from moment to moment. It generally takes 60 to 90 days for short sale approval, and during that time, the assessment landscape will change. HOA dues go unpaid. Taxes may be missed. Additional liens may be filed.
Remember that it's a good idea to check throughout the short sale process, at least every 30 days, to keep track of additional liens and assessments.
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