Are you burdened with property liens or tax problems in Kansas City? You don’t have to feel stuck. Learn how to sell your house with liens or tax burdens in our latest post.
As a homeowner in Kansas City, it can feel impossible to sell your house with liens or tax problems. If you don’t have the cash to pay off the debt, you could be stuck with the property for much longer than you would like, driving you even further into debt. In the post, you will learn more about property liens along what you can do to sell your house no matter what you are up against.
What Is A Lien?
Per Investopedia, “A property lien is a legal claim on assets which allows the holder to obtain access to the property if debts are not paid. A property lien must be filed and approved by a county records office or state agency. It is then delivered to the property holder with specific terms notifying them that action has been taken to repossess a piece of property.”
In the case of real estate, your lender may place a lien on the house if you are not paying your mortgage in a timely manner. Homeowners can also be hit with a mechanic’s lien or a judgment lien when work is performed on the property without any payment ever received. If the homeowner isn’t able to pay off the lien, the issuing party has the ability to foreclose on the property. By placing a lien on the property, the creditor stops your ability to sell the house until the debt has been repaid in full.
Create A Repayment Plan
While paying off everything you owe all in one shot can feel overwhelming, many creditors will work with you to create a payment plan to help you pay off your debt. Before you feel too defeated, reach out to the creditor to try to work something out. Ultimately, their goal is simply to collect what they are owed. Making an effort will help your creditors more forgiving and willing to work with you. Once the liens are lifted from the property, you will be able to sell your house, but this can take a considerable amount of time depending on how much debt you are in. When working to pay off the debt, it could mean that you end up holding onto your house for longer than you wanted to. Once your debt is repaid, you will be able to move ahead with the sale of the property, but you may miss out on some great opportunities while you wait.
We have found that often times the lien is keeping a seller from putting their home on the market for sale, but if they were to sell the house the proceeds from the sale would more than cover the lien. So, please, don’t think that you have to have the cash. In some cases you can sell the house and the proceeds from the sale will pay it off.
We have worked with quite a few sellers that had mortgages or liens for repairs made many years ago, that have since been paid off, but never released. Sometimes we are able to work with the sellers to find the lien holder and get it released. Other times, the lien holder is long gone and in some cases they have passed away. We have been able to work with the home owner and help them file and complete a legal action called a quiet title suit. Once we clear up the lien, then they were able to sell to us.
Dispute The Lien
If a lien has been issued against your property that you disagree with, not all hope is lost. You have the ability to dispute the lien so long as you have a strong rebuttal. You’ll need to have supporting documentation and a valid case against the creditor. To strengthen your case, you’ll want to start fighting the lien as soon as it is placed against your home, if not before. Ultimately, you want to do all you can to make sure a lien isn’t placed on your property in the first place. Typically, there are a number of requirements a creditor must meet before issuing a lien, so keep in mind, they have already done their homework on what they are rightfully owed.
If you are disputing a lien based on poor performance by your contractor, keep detailed records of what you were promised, what you received, and all of the money you spent to fix the errors. Be sure to include inspection records, dates, and photos with your other evidence.
Consequences of Not Resolving Your Liens and Tax Problems
Ultimately, if certain liens go unresolved you run the risk of losing your home. When liens go unpaid, the creditor has the ability to foreclose, assuming ownership of the property themselves. If you have a lien on your house or if you have problems paying the property taxes, you will want to take action right away. Reach out to your creditors to resolve the situation, or work with the team at kcmoHomeBuyer to sell your house right away.
Sell Directly To kcmoHomeBuyer
With a direct sale of your house to kcmoHomeBuyer, you will be able to leave the liens and tax problems behind. In many cases it’s as simple as selling the house and getting them paid and in others we help you negotiate or in a few cases file quiet title. We take care of all the headaches so you don’t have to.