I closed on an REO property about 30 days ago and just received a defaulted property tax bill in the mail.

Asked by Nicole, San Diego, CA Sun Sep 28, 2008

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Jesse McManus, Agent, San Diego, CA
Fri Jun 8, 2012
Nicole, you have been given great information here. Follow you instinct and call your Buyers Agent and let them help you through the process of getting your questions answered. Usually those fees and taxes are paid as a part of escrow. However each transaction has specifics that can modify these terms. Best of wishes to you in your new home!
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Patrick Hale, , San Diego, CA
Thu Aug 12, 2010
You may receive this however, if the property was purchased through the mls you will receive a free and clear title. If you don't, thank yourself for having title insurance.

If you dont have title insurance....ehh

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Sylvia Barry,…, Agent, Marin, CA
Sun Sep 28, 2008
When you close escrow, the title company should have checked on all the taxes dues, obligations, etc. for the seller (the lender in this case) to pay off before they send the check out to the lender to close. There should not be property tax unpaid from previous owner. Check with the title to make sure they did it right and they should resolve the issue for you.

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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Sun Sep 28, 2008

Start by making your agent and the title company aware of this. Let them do the leg work necessary to get to the bottom of it.

Good luck
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The Hagley G…, Agent, Pleasanton, CA
Sun Sep 28, 2008
In CA, your deed should have been delivered free and clear. Chances are this sitaution is a matter of timing. Tax notices are just going out and I bet the tax info dids not have time to be updated before the tax bills went out. Your title company should easily be able to clear this up.
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Nicole, Home Buyer, San Diego, CA
Sun Sep 28, 2008
I bought through a listing agent who was selling for the bank (not at auction). I did have a buyers agent. The purchase agreement says that real property taxes "shall be PAID CURRENT and prorated between the Buyer and Seller as of Close of Escrow. (emphasis in the original).
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Sun Sep 28, 2008
First question is did you have a buyers agent or an attorney review the hud at closing? next did you buy at auction or though a listing agent who was selling for the bank? If you boughty at auction yes you are responsible for all liens on the property. If you purchased from a realtor then on your purchase and sales did it state all ltaxes etc would be prorated as of closing and if so the taxes should have been paid on the hud. Someone should have caught this. If it was on in your purchase and sales and not on the hud you should call the closing attorney first thing in the morning. Good Luck Nicole
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Eric H. Wong , Agent, Albany, CA
Sun Sep 28, 2008
Get in touch with the title company that handeled your escrow. They were supposed to deliver the home to you with a clear title.
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