Family home, 12 judgments HELPPPP!!! - Posted by Chris
Posted by Chris on October 10, 2003 at 14:16:54:
Here is the long story short.
Family home ,3 bdr 1 bath, left to 8 grown children when my mom died 22 years ago. Because my brother was living in the home when mom passed we let him continue to live there.
22 years later brother gets married and moves out of the house. The house is in some disrepair, the roof leaks and there is a hole in two of the bedrooms ceilings. The doors are rotten and the basement smells of mildew.
The property is mortgage free so the family decides to allow me to get a loan to fix up the property and rent it out , proceeds from rent to pay down the new loan. Property appraised at $72K.
One week from closing I find out from the title company that there are 12 liens against the property.
Deadbeat brother #1 has a IRS lien $6k lien date was Jan 2003.
Dead beat brother #2 has creditor liens dating back to 1991 for support enforcement, school loans and creditors totaling $3.7K
Deadbeat brother #3 has court judgments from when he went to prison in 1991 totaling $2.6K
3judgments showed up w/sister’s name but they don’t belong to her, wrong SSN and address.
Title company guy (nice guy) says we would have to pay off the valid liens before bank can disperse monies to me for house repair. No way, I don’t want to be pay off deadbeat’s bills and then be liable for the loan.
In a conference call with the sisters (brothers didn’t answer their phone)last night they want to sell the property as fast as possible pay off the deadbeat’s mess and divide what’s left.
What would you do? Is there a way to negotiate some of the older liens/judgments away?
Thanks in advance. I love this board.
One thought, what if all family members quitclaimed their interest to me then I could get the loan on the property, would this work? I understand from the title company that the judgments aren’t attached to the property just to the individual?