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
Blogs site: http://activerain.com/blogs/brigitam