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Has the estate actually been settled and closed yet or is it still open?
Are there other assets left in the estate currently?
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If the estate is still open, and there is a debt owed, then the creditor can pursue any estate assets since it is improper for the executor to disburse any assets until all debts are paid. So yes, they could come after the house if there are not other assets that could be sold off to pay the debt.
It would be the executor's job to first sell "residuary assets", i.e. those without a specific beneficiary, first to try and pay the debt and work their way up to specific cash gifts, and then up to specific bequests like the house if there weren't enough lower priority assets to liquidate to pay the debt.