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The lis pendens would have meant there was a civil suit involving the owner and they put the public on notice that there was litigation involving the property.Since it was dropped here presumably the suit was as well and thats a moot issue.
Any certificate of title is not free of debts, you buy these things as they are with any liens or encroachments, etc attached to it.You are only accounting for the amount of taxes, you get the property with prior mortgages and problems intact so it is buyer beware.You might consider a title company run sheet on any property you are bidding on to know exactly what liens are on it and any other problems that exist, encroachments, easements, etc.
You may need to file a suit to quiet title if these liens remain to try and clear them and get a clear marketable title.Factor that into any property you purchase this way, you don't get say a warranty deed like a regular purchase they come with their warts as well.
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