Troubleshooter Diane Wilson contacted the listing agent. She said she had no idea about the lien because the owner was not forthcoming during the property disclosure. She said she tried to work something out, but the liens were too high.
Roy Lyons says, "The house should have even been listed or on the market they should take steps this doesn't happen again." The Lyons' hope their misfortune helps others avoid losing hundreds of dollars when looking for a new home. Cherise adds, "Make sure you check everything before you go into contract and put out money for a house, make sure you're able to get it."
The listing agent also added this is an unfortunate incident, and blamed the owner for not disclosing it. She does warn that with the state of the housing market, she is seeing this problem more often. The best advice, if you're looking to buy a home do the title work on it before you put any money into the sale.