A Lien is an encumbrance against the property, which may be voluntary or involuntary. There are many different kinds of liens, including a tax lien (for unpaid federal, state, or real estate taxes), a judgment lien (for monetary judgments by a court of law), a mortgage lien (when you take out a mortgage), and a mechanic’s lien (for work done by a contractor on the property that has not been paid for). Learn more here about different kinds of liens.
A landlord asks what to do when his renter plans to skip out early. The landlord asks about putting a lien on the renter's new home. The landlord might be better off suing his renter in small claims court.
A husband quit claimed property to his wife 17 years ago and she is now wondering if the IRS can put a lien on the home for his unpaid income taxes. The IRS can probably put a lien on the home but cannot go after it. The quit claim should protect the home from a lien from the IRS.
Unlike for cars, states do not issues titles for property. The title you received when you bought your home proves that you own it, no matter whether it's a warranty deed, special warranty deed, trustee's deed or quit claim deed. When you pay off your mortgage you own your home in full and your lender removes its lien on your property.
A homeowner asks how to get a lien released if the mortgage company was bought out by another company. There should be a surviving mortgage company that continues to have the obligation to release the lien. The homeowner should be able to find out who purchased the mortgage company and call the department that releases liens.
A woman is divorced from her husband, who lives the the condo they purchased together. She has a deed of trust and a lien on the condo, but the husband refinanced under his name. If there is a lien on the property, the husband should not have been able to refinance, so the lien may not be effective.
A lis pendens is a document recorded against real estate that gives the world notice of a pending law suit. While the lis pendens has no monetary value, it does protect the plaintiff from actual or potential claims that may come later. But the actual value of the lis pendens will not become known until there is a judgment in the case.
What do you do if you pay off your mortgage, but there is still a lien on your home? If the mortgage company you bought the loan from is no longer in existence, there is still a way to get the lien off your house and prove you paid off the mortgage. Ilyce suggests that a local title company may be able to track down the mortgage company and get the lien off of the house.
When a federal tax lien gets filed against you, your credit score will fall. What can you do to rebuild your credit score after you've paid off the tax lien? Paying your bills on time, not carrying a credit card balance and not closing old lines of credit all help boost your credit score.
When you sell a home, the closing agent pays the lender off either by wire transfer the day of the closing or by wire transfer or overnight payment the next business day following your closing. A seller sold a home recently but the lien still has not been filed. The primary concern for the seller should be that the mortgage company was paid off because a lien can take longer to process and is more of a concern for the buyer.