How do you find out if a lien has been placed on your house?

Asked by Trulia Orlando, Orlando, FL Wed Dec 5, 2012

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Richard Tres…, Agent, Orlando, FL
Wed Dec 5, 2012
It will depend on the type of lien. There are mechanical, construction, code enforcement, IRS and tax certificates just to name a few. Not all will appear in the public records but you should be aware of all of them if your mailing address has been correct on the property appraiser website since you purchased the home. It is always recommended that you contact the building department and the code enforcement departments in your county to confirm the existence of any liens. If you are buying a property without the benefit of title insurance, this is especially true. Generally, the title insurance companies will research all potential liens as part of their due diligence.
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Huntington S…, Home Buyer, Huntington Beach, CA
Tue Nov 11, 2014
Free liens and judgement indicator at but in the end of the title search work, you have to contact your county assessor office for the most current update (as current as 4:30PM yesterday)
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All tax lien and judgement should be paid by the seller before you can close the escrow. There is no reason for the buyer to worry about the liens unless you are buying foreclosure.
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If you buy a house from a licensed realtor, all liens and judgement information can be obtained from the listing agent for free. If the home is foreclosed or sell by onwer, you can download an online title report at for a small fee
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Edward Torres, Agent, Lake Hart, FL
Wed Dec 5, 2012
Here is the website then go to record search. Hope this helps!
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Alan Martin, Agent, Orlando, FL
Wed Dec 5, 2012
in orlando you can go to the Comptrollers office or seach it on their web site
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Vincent Paige…, Agent, Orlando, FL
Wed Dec 5, 2012
The best way is to go to the county court house and ask. Sometimes they get backed up, and it could be weeks before it reflects on the ORANGE COUNTY TAX ASSESSORS website.

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Ann_globenet…, , Westminster, CA
Tue Aug 20, 2013
A lien is typically a public record attached to a property making it known that you owe a creditor some money. Liens on property are typically a common way for creditors to collect what they are owed. For example a lien can be applied to your property by your loan or mortgage company until such time as the debt is cleared, this is usually a voluntary lien placed on the property by the homeowner.

By pledging your property as collateral, further liens can be applied to your property against loans for home improvement and renovation.
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