Good question...utility bills are the responsibility of the prior occupant of the property. When left unpaid, the amount due is sought frrom that individual....not the new owner of the property. Utility companies sometimes 'flag' the address as having a previous uncollectible, making it somewhat difficult to obtain service, but if you can demonstrate that you are not the one who did not pay the bills, and are not related to them, you should have no problem in getting service.... more
Look for a non profit housing organization to guide you on your options.
You could also take a NSP first time homebuyer class.
If you wan to purchase the property, then you need to be Finance ready. Look for a Home Mortgage Consultant.... more