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Good morning and thanks for contacting Just Answer. The only person who can transfer title to the house is the administrator of the owner's estate. You might approach the nursing home with an offer to buy their account and take an assignment of it. As a creditor you can petition the probate court to appoint an administrator of the estate to sell the property. Then you could use the debt to purchase it; however, the court may order a public sale and you may end up in a bidding contest for the home. Paying the taxes will not transfer title, but if the taxes are not paid for a long enough time, the home will be put up for tax sale where you can bid for it against other people.
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I have offered a phone consultation for more detailed discussion. Here are the basics of adverse possession in S. Carolina.
As in most states, adverse possession in South Carolina is established from the nature of a trespasser’s possession and the length of time the person possesses the land.
A trespasser’s possession must be (i) hostile (against the right of the true owner and without permission); (ii) actual (exercising control over the property); (iii) exclusive (in the possession of the trespasser alone); (iv) open and notorious (using the property as the real owner would, without hiding his or her occupancy); and (v) continuous for the statutory period (which is ten years in South Carolina, under S.C. Code Ann. § 15-67-210).
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