Where do I find out if a house has a lien in Philadelphia?

Asked by Joseph, Philadelphia, PA Sat Feb 6, 2010

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Mariaelina, Agent, South Miami, FL
Thu Jun 11, 2015
Trying to do it yourself at the courthouse or online, unless you are trained, is risky. Search "certified title search" to find a provider. I should cost $100-175. Anything cheaper is just an electronic search and may not be accurate.

Reference link: http://titlecompanies.net/
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Corey Grushin, Agent, East Brunswick, NJ
Sat Feb 6, 2010
Joseph you would go to the county clerk's office of courts in the county where the house resides in. Some of these offices are on line (see the link below)
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Fran and Mark…, Agent, Yardley, PA
Sun Feb 7, 2010

You can go to the recorders office and do your own research, all such information is part of the public record. Or you can ask your title company or attorney to provide a Mortgage and Judgement (M&J) report, sometimes called a Short Title which will provide only lien information. Keep in mind that is for informational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for a full tite search.

Fran and Mark Redding
Prudential Fox Roach
1010 Stony Hill Road
215-321-3307 DIRECT
Web Reference:  http://www.franandmark.com
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Peter Lavelle, Agent, Philadelphia, PA
Sun Feb 7, 2010
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Good Morning Joseph,

City Hall on the first floor or have a title company do a quick check for you.

Peter Lavelle
Citizens Premier Real Estate
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Web Reference:  http://www.peterblavelle.com
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Brigita McKe…, Agent, Stroudsburg, PA
Sat Feb 6, 2010
Good morning, Joseph!

Ther are several ways you can find out. You can make a visit to the county court house and check the public records for that particular property. There you will find that information that you are searching for.

The other way is for a title company to do a search for you for a fee. A title company does the searches going way back. Once a property is under agreement and the purchase is evident, the title company does these searches. If there are any liens against the property at any time in the history of the house, it MUST be cleared before the purchase can occur. Title can only be transferred once the title if cleared. The liens cannot be transferred.


Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR, e-PRO, GRI
Pennsylvania License #RS297130
Keller Williams Real Estate, Bethlehem, PA
Office: 610-867-8888 Direct: 610-393-9424
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Kathy Weber, Agent, Murrieta, CA
Sat Feb 6, 2010

You can have a local Realtor request a Title report on the property. This will show any and all liens.

Best of luck!
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